Ex-Pakistani PM Zeroes in on Pakistan's Civil-Military Divide in Interview

Nawaz Sharif has come under fire for recent comments

Meanwhile, PTI has called a meeting of its parliamentarians on May 17 to deliberate the issue of Fata merger and the recent controversial statement on Mumbai attacks by PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif.

"Surjewala further said: "Our second question to Modi is, will you show the courage of conviction and the 56" chest to ensure that the trial of 26/11 perpetrators, who are neither being adequately tried nor punished in Pakistan, is either held under the guidance of worldwide agencies or they are handed over alternatively to India?"

The NSC meeting had categorically rejected the statement of Nawaz Sharif. Operation Zarb-e-Azb was a joint military offensive conducted by the Pakistan armed forces against various militant group in 2014. Ten gunmen spent three days spraying bullets and throwing grenades around landmarks.

India blamed Pakistan for failing to act against those behind the raids.

The meeting alleged that the delay in the conclusion of the Mumbai attack case was caused by India, not Pakistan.

The committee is also set to take up the Constitution Amendment Bill that had been tabled by the government a year ago seeking merger of the tribal areas with KP.

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The United States also blames LeT for the Mumbai attacks and has offered $10 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Hafiz Saeed, who heads Muslim charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), which Washington says is a front for LeT. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me.

While the World Bank promptly responded to the NAB move and stated "the report does not include any mention of money laundering nor does it name any individuals", the State Bank of Pakistan said the estimates showed in the WB report were based on "assumptions" which did not reflect the reality.

"We have isolated ourselves".

Sharif's statement has left the Pakistan Army extremely anxious that "this will give more weight to India's narrative that Pakistan is not doing enough" with respect to the 26/11 trial, and could even put Pakistan on the blacklist of global financial trade agreements.

In a petition filed in the Lahore High Court, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) secretary general Khuram Nawaz Gandapur and Advocate Aftab Virk contended that Sharif tarnished the country's image.

A huddle of Pakistan's civilian and military leaderships is expected to take place over former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's admission of his county's involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, top-level government sources said.

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