Mumbai terror attacks: Nawaz Sharif admits Pakistan's role

Erika Holt
May 14, 2018

Pakistani media reacted angrily to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's remarks acknowledging involvement of Pakistan-based terrorists in the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The trial for the 26/11 attacks are stuck in a court in Rawalpindi since 2009 and have made little progress despite voluminous evidence forwarded by Indian in dossiers to Pakistan including the intercepts between the terror masterminds and the terrorists in Mumbai. "Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai?" Explain it to me. "Why can't we complete the trial?" he said, according to the newspaper.

"Everyone knew that Pakistan was involved in the Mumbai attack as foreign and Indian intelligence agencies gave enough evidences on the matter". We must look into it, he told Dawn. 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". In February, the apex court also disqualified Sharif as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). "The lack of cooperation by India was the biggest hurdle in the investigation".

Cashing in on the Nawaz Sharif's interview, Indian media however has again gone into a frenzied campaign to malign Pakistan so that its government could launch a fresh strive to mop up world support against Islamabad. Former High Commissioner to Pakistan and seasoned diplomat G Parthasarathy told ET "Neither the Pak Army nor the ISI is keen to bring the perpetrators to justice despite earlier efforts by Sharif to improve ties with India".

Times Now went a step further about "Nawaz Sharif's sensational confession", saying: "Now, Pakistan can't rid off 26/11 stain".

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Lakhvi, and the other suspects - Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younus Anjum - are being tried by the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad since 2009.

The probe into the case was being conducted by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) which comes under the ministry of interior.

The anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has finished taking the statement of all 70 prosecution witnesses.

Peshawar: Commanders of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit held a special meeting in Peshawar recently and called for a "jihad" in Kashmir. Lakhvi along with Zarar Shah was allegedly the key planner of the attack.

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