Ex-Pakistani PM Zeroes in on Pakistan's Civil-Military Divide in Interview

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Mr Sharif is facing ire for "harming national interests" from opponents as well as some of the estranged leaders from his Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz (PML-N) party for allegedly supporting the Indian narrative on the attack case.

Pakistan's top civil-military body tasked to take crucial national security and foreign policy decisions, had called Sharif's public admission that Pakistani terrorists carried out the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, baseless.

Stating that the NSC dismissed those words which were misreported, Abbasi said the meeting did not condemn Sharif but incorrect reporting of his interview.

Referring to a 2016 meeting in which, according to Dawn, the civilian government had informed the military leadership of Pakistan's growing worldwide isolation, Nawaz said, "Even at that time, the same things? getting our house in order? were being discussed in the NSC meeting". He has denounced non-state actors for crossing the border and killing people in Mumbai.

He reiterated his demand for the formation of a national commission to decide who committed treason and said that it would allow all facts to become clear.

"Surjewala further said: "Our second question to Modi is, will you show the courage of conviction and the 56" chest to ensure that the trial of 26/11 perpetrators, who are neither being adequately tried nor punished in Pakistan, is either held under the guidance of global agencies or they are handed over alternatively to India?"

"We should find out who laid the foundation of terrorism in the country", he asserted.

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Sharif dispelled the notion that the comments were falsely attributed to him, saying that he will speak the truth come what may.

Sharif's criticism of the military has caused divisions within his party, analysts say, with some members unhappy about his confrontational approach.

He expressed full support for Sharif and said the entire party, including party president Shehbaz Sharif, stands with him.

The Lashker-e-Taiba militant group, founded by US -wanted militant Hafiz Saeed, was blamed for the Mumbai massacre.

"Who led Pakistan towards isolation and has brought the country to a stage where the global community is not ready to accept Pakistan's narrative?"

The Sindh Assembly has passed the resolution unanimously condemning Sharif for his "irresponsible" remarks and sought an apology from him.