Will continue to speak the truth, says Nawaz after stirring new row

Published: May 14, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: Facing a volley of criticism for his statements in an English daily, deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Monday that he will continue to speak the truth and he considers it as his national and moral duty to do so.

The former premier also added that he will speak the truth irrespective of what he has to bear.

Talking to journalists outside the accountability court hearing corruption references against the Sharif family, the PML-N Quaid further said that former interior minister Rehman Malik, Lt Gen (retd) Mehmood Durrani and former spy chief Lt Gen (retd) Ahmad Shuja Pasha had also made similar statements.

NSC concludes after discussing Nawaz’s Mumbai attacks statement

Expressing his disappointment over being labelled as a traitor, Nawaz alluded to former president Pervez Musharraf and asked whether those who expelled the judges or supported the bloodshed of May 12 are patriots?

“Are the violators of the Constitution patriotic? Are those who expelled the judges patriotic? Or those who supported the bloodshed of May 12?”

Nawaz also added that he has called Kulbhushan Jadhav a spy and had only questioned why the Mumbai attack trial could not be completed.

Nawaz on May 12, during an interview with a local daily, had stated that “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?”

“We have isolated ourselves. 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 added.

His remarks were immediately picked up by Indian media, which termed the former prime minister’s statement as a confession of Pakistan’s role in the Mumbai attacks that left 166 people dead.

Opposition parties, including the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), launched a broadside against Sharif, calling him a security threat.

Even PML-N stalwart Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the former interior minister, did not endorse Sharif’s statement. He held India responsible for the delay in the trial of the Mumbai attack suspects.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Asif Suhail
    May 14, 2018 - 11:52AM

    Disqualified and disgraceful Nawaz Sharif has remained a weak student throughout his life. He never knew the famous phrase: “As you sow so shall you reap”. He used to call Shaheed Benazir Bhutto – a security risk- without any evidence. With his fresh interview he has proved himself a security risk.Recommend

  • Punjabi
    May 14, 2018 - 12:07PM

    Well spoken. Recommend

  • pashtun
    May 14, 2018 - 12:32PM

    I am someone who is against establishment role in Pakistan and the neighbour policy of Pakistan. But this person is someone that is the root cause of all this himself. He did nothing or said nothing as long as he was a prime minister. now he is trying every possible way of innocent role to say he is a good person. He is not a common may. A common man when say this this guy or his govt never cared. They never put ears to the pashtun people. They supported and provided safe haven to state actors in their province.Recommend

  • a s
    May 14, 2018 - 12:34PM

    Nawaz has lost it! He forgot to add that in the same vein, India does not have a right to send its agents, i.e. Naval officers, on false IDs to Baluchistan where much of the security issues are errupting?Recommend

  • Farastad
    May 14, 2018 - 12:56PM

    in favor of India.Recommend

  • Ts
    May 14, 2018 - 2:20PM

    He is now retarded. His speech should be banned. He is doing all this to save his illgotten money which his children are enjoying. I have the money trail of property my great grand father boughtRecommend

  • kilo
    May 14, 2018 - 3:07PM

    So this is what Maryam was warning us all about ..”rok sako tu rok lo Nawaz sharif ko”…. I hope he will soon be stopped by thick walls of adiala.Recommend

  • Anz
    May 14, 2018 - 3:10PM

    Self goalRecommend

  • Prof
    May 14, 2018 - 3:46PM

    NS, please be careful we want you to be around for a long time.Recommend

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