A day after ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif tacitly admitted to Pakistan "militants" being behind the 26/11 attacks, the remarks have been lapped up by politicians from both the neighbouring countries to target each other. "Sharif had asked in the interview", he had said.
A group of 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) terrorists from Pakistan carried out coordinated attacks in Mumbai from November 26 to 29 in 2008, which claimed 166 lives and left more than 300 injured.
It may be noted that the relations between the military - the parent organisation of the notorious Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), which planned and coordinated the Mumbai terror attacks - and the Sharif government were at its lowest ebb in October 2016 when the latter told the former to act against homegrown militant groups or face global isolation.
He was called to Pakistan by a person who is wanted in for terrorist activities in Mumbai.
Nisar said Pakistan repeatedly sought cooperation from the Indian government but it always used the incident against Pakistan on political grounds for its despicable plans.
"India always shows aggression when it comes to incidents such as that of Kulbushan Jadhav", he said, referring to the Indian spy facing a death sentence in Pakistan. In February, the top court also disqualified him as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.
"Militant organizations are active". Explain it to me.
The daily also reported that PPP leader Manzoor Watoo had declared the interview to be a serious attack on Pakistan's national interests, and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal secretary general Liaqat Baloch said Sharif's statement was "shocking" and "supported the narrative of anti-Pakistan forces". "Why can't we complete the trial?" he said, according to the newspaper.
"It (Sharif's remarks) only proves that India's stand has been right all the way, she said".
The PML-N leader was questioning why the trial into the Mumbai attacks was stalled at a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court. "The lack of cooperation by India was the biggest hurdle in the investigation". One of them was caught and hanged. Recently, Pakistan's interior ministry abruptly removed the chief prosecutor from the Mumbai terror attack case for "not taking the government line".
The former minister said Pakistan's application requesting the Indian government's cooperation in the case - and its refusal to do so - were on record.