In an unprecedented move, the former Prime Minister admitted Saturday that militant outfits are active in the country, and were responsible for crossing the border and killing people in Mumbai on 26 November 2008. "It (Sharif's remarks) only proves that India's stand has been right all the way". "Why can't we complete the trial?" he said, according to the newspaper.
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's interview to a media outlet, where he commented on the Mumbai terror attacks, has been distorted and his brother would never say something like that.
The Mumbai attacks-related trials are stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.
Rehman warned that such reckless statements inflict damage on Pakistan's narrative while apprising at the same time that country has tendered unrivalled sacrifices in war on terror.
"India used the Mumbai attacks for its own despicable plans", said Nisar, who has swayed away from Nawaz since his ouster a year ago. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. Comparing income tax cases against former finance minister P. Chidambaram with the corruption charges against Sharif, she said in a press conference in Delhi Sunday: "In India, for the Congress party, this is the Nawaz Sharif moment".
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Nisar, under whose watch the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was investigating the Mumbai attacks, said that since the assault took place in the Indian financial capital, it was the Indian government which possessed "90 per cent of the evidence and facts" of the incident. "The lack of cooperation by India was the biggest hurdle in the investigation".
"PPP dispels Nawaz Sharif's remark [on Mumbai attacks]", Rehman told reporters. "We have always cooperated with India over information sharing pertaining to all incidents of terrorism", Nisar added.
A spokesman for Sharif said: "At the outset, statement of Nawaz Sharif has been grossly misinterpreted by the Indian media".
The trial of Pakistani suspects in the Mumbai attacks case had virtually come to a standstill after the governments of Pakistan and India had a row over the testimony of 24 Indian witnesses.
Opposition leaders have labelled his statement as "supporting anti-Pakistan forces", with Imran Khan calling him "modern-day Mir Jafar" - that is, a traitor.