Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif apparently admitted that those involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks were from Pakistan.
Sharif, who served as the Prime Minister of Pakistan from 2013 till his disqualification in 2017, made the revelation during an interview with leading Pakistani daily Dawn.
The interview, which was published on 12 May, quotes Sharif saying, “Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?”
What he was referring to is the stalled trial in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.
Sharif added that Pakistan has “isolated” itself.
“Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan’s narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it,” he said before speaking on the Mumbai attack.
US President Donald Trump had accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” and providing “safe haven” to terrorists.
Citing the military and judiciary establishment, Sharif further said, “You can’t run a country if you have two or three parallel governments. This has to stop. There can only be one government – the constitutional one.”
The relations between the military and the Sharif government were at its lowest in October 2016 when the latter told the former to act against home-grown militant groups or face international isolation.
In February, the apex court also disqualified Sharif as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
At the time of the Mumbai terror attacks, which happened in 2008, Yousaf Raza Gillani was the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
The Mumbai attack case has entered into the 10th year but none of its suspects in Pakistan has been punished yet.
On 26 November 2008, 10 terrorists from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) attacked Mumbai. The terrorist attack lasted three days and claimed the lives of 164 civilians and security force personnel.
Nine of the terrorists were killed during the attack. Ajmal Kasab was captured alive, tried and sentenced to death. He was hanged in Pune’s Yerwada jail on 21 November 2012.