Nawaz Sharif ‘advised not to escalate confrontation with establishment’

Published: May 16, 2018
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According to sources, PM Abbasi, CM Shehbaz, others hold meeting at Punjab House to 'convince' the PML-N top leader. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

According to sources, PM Abbasi, CM Shehbaz, others hold meeting at Punjab House to 'convince' the PML-N top leader. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been advised against accelerating confrontation with the establishment, sources said.

In a meeting held at the Punjab House in Islamabad on Wednesday, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz advised the supreme leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to tone down his stance against the establishment.

The move came as Sharif refused to retract his statement on the Mumbai attacks.

According to the sources, PM Abbasi is under immense pressure from the hawks in PML-N to “openly come out” in support of the three-time prime minister after the latter has rejected declaration of National Security Committee (NSC) on his statement regarding the Mumbai attacks.

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Reportedly, Sharif expressed his annoyance when PM Abbasi met him to take the former premier into confidence on Monday regarding the press release that was to be issued from the forum of NSC.

“Sharif could not digest the fact that a meeting [NSC] was held under the chair of one of his close confidantes [including PM Abbasi] and that very meeting condemned his statement,” said a source, adding that Abbasi held the press conference to ‘balance the equation’ in a bid to appease an aggrieved Sharif.

In the same presser, the premier denied that NSC condemned Sharif’s statement saying the meeting ‘actually condemned Indian media’s propaganda’ and misreporting in the media.

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Sharif’s claim on Mumbai attack

On May 12, Nawaz Sharif during an interview with a local daily had said: “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.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Shakil
    May 16, 2018 - 6:50PM

    there is difference between establishment and country! he should be allowed to fair criticism of establishment but zero against our country!Recommend

  • Aamir
    May 16, 2018 - 7:03PM

    I think Nawaz should continue to speak the truth. It’s first-time in Pakistan that a political leader is challenging the hidden forces.Recommend

  • Truth
    May 16, 2018 - 8:30PM

    The country is more important than any institution thereof. So NS, please tell the nation the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you Allah.Recommend

  • Shah Alam
    May 16, 2018 - 9:12PM

    Speak up Nawaz, without fear. Country is with you.

    Benazir Bhutto sacrificed herself standing against these elements, now somebody else has to take a stand against them. Recommend

  • Oath
    May 16, 2018 - 9:23PM

    NS: On oath please say I shall speak the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.Recommend

  • Another Indian
    May 17, 2018 - 12:17AM

    “Not to escalate confrontation against establishment”? So spitting out truth is now confronting the establishment? What does that imply?Recommend

  • Another Indian
    May 17, 2018 - 5:05AM

    So spitting out truth is confrontation with establishment?Recommend

  • VINOD KUMAR JAISWAL
    May 17, 2018 - 5:52AM

    A voice of sanity, in the real and far reaching interest of Pakistan that must be heard with all serenity and same applies to India. Hate has done no good ever…it bites and destroys.Recommend

  • Naseem Ejaz
    May 17, 2018 - 6:53AM

    Nawaz Sharif should withdraw his statement to end the controversy and confusion in Pakistan.
    It is best option to say that a mistake has
    been made in-deliberately and he very much loyal to this country and patriot of Pakistan. strong text
    I am Professor Naseem Ejaz
    Islamabad Recommend

  • ALi
    May 17, 2018 - 9:22AM

    Nawaz Sharif Zindabaad Vote for Nawaaz.Recommend

  • Ali
    May 17, 2018 - 12:38PM

    When will NS tell the truth above his corruption?

    NS is a declared and certified liar by Sumpreme court of PakistanRecommend

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