Pakistani terrorists carried out 26/11 Mumbai attacks, admits former PM Nawaz Sharif

Pakistani terrorists carried out 26/11 Mumbai attacks, admits former PM Nawaz Sharif

Pakistani terrorists carried out 26/11 Mumbai attacks, admits former PM Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan, your cover has been blown.

The PML-N leader was speaking to the Pakistani daily "Dawn" and said, "Militant organisations are active".

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan has isolated itself by its support for militant organisations and use of non-state actors as central to its foreign policy. Nawaz further asked, "the terrorist organizations are active, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai?". Explain it to me.

Pakistan was frontline ally in the war against terrorism, he said, adding the entire world is witness to our sacrifices and tremendous achievements in eradicating this menace. This is a rare admission from a top Pakistan political leader, nearly 10 years after the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008.

Mr Sharif did not name Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar's Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Jaish-e-Mohammad that operate in the country with impunity in the interview. Sharif asked, referring to the masterminds of the Mumbai massacre that nearly brought India and Pakistan to war. India's response was rather muted, saying the revelation was not new. Thereafter he admitted openly that it was Pakistan which started terrorism in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, PTI's former secretary general Jahangir Tareen said, "Nawaz Sharif has today showed all Pakistan that his real loyalty is with the Anti Pakistan part of the Int'l establishment". Official sources cautioned against reading too much into Sharif's words or linking them with his familiarity/friendship with PM Narendra Modi.

Referring to the pressure on Pakistan's political regime to take swift action in this case, Sharif said, "It's absolutely unacceptable. These media reports are incorrect", the World Bank said in a statement.

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