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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the 22nd meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) held at Prime Minister's House.

The NSC meeting also unanimously "rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions".

According to the petitioner, Sharif committed treason by giving such a statement on the Mumbai attacks, and therefore, a case should be registered against him in this regard.

"Today Nawaz Sharif rejected the Committee's stance".

He added: "Whatever was said during that interview and whatever was written by the reporter was misinterpreted by the Indian media in order to serve India's own purposes".

He said the premier says the statement was distorted by the Indian media and if this is so, why the important meeting of the top civil-military body had to be convened. On the formation of a national commission, Sharif asked, "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". Pakistan admitted the attacks were planned on its soil but denied any official involvement, and did not confirm the gunmen had set sail from Karachi. "Former president Pervez Musharraf, former interior minister Rehman Malik and former national security adviser Major-General (retd) Mehmood Durrani had already confirmed [what I said]", he added.

If the statement was wrongly presented, then why PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif and party leader Chaudhry Nisar had been issuing clarifications, he further asked.

"Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai?"

The PML-N and its leaders have, since Saturday, been scrambling to explain what the statement actually meant, while Nawaz has since read out the excerpts from the interview asking whether he has said anything wrong.

On Sunday, the Congress party demanded that the Centre should expose Pakistan's terrorist activities in India, to the global community. These media reports were incorrect. In an interview last week, Sharif had questioned Pakistan's policy to allow the "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in Mumbai as he publicly acknowledged that militant groups are active in the country.


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