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PM defends Nawaz contrary to NSC stance

OPPOSITION WALKS OUT OF NA OVER ABBASI’S POLICY STATEMENT

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in another attempt to mitigate the fallout resulting from deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement on Mumbai attacks, encouraged the formation of a commission to determine who the real ‘traitor’ is.

Speaking in the National Assembly yesterday, the prime minister suggested that a ‘Truth Reconciliation Committee’ should be formed as Nawaz’s comments were part of a larger interview and should be viewed in the same manner.

However, Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf members staged a walkout from the session over policy statement of the prime minister.

Abbasi said, “The issue is not that no one has ever spoken on the 26/11 attacks; Pervez Musharraf spoke on it, former Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Gen Pasha spoke on it, Gen Durrani spoke on the matter. Former interior minister Rehman Malik and Imran Khan have also given interviews on the matter.”

The premier said that while some argue for the formation of the commission, other have said cases should be filed against Nawaz, he would support a committee on the issue. “A committee should be made, no matter whether two weeks or two hours left in the government’s tenure,” he added.

Abbasi maintained that the interview’s been written in such a manner which paves way for misunderstandings. “Who misinterpreted it? Indian media. You can see newspapers from Saturday, no reports related to Pakistan – these are all Indian gimmicks to attack our country,” reiterated PM Abbasi.

He said the reaction to Nawaz’s statement is only playing into India’s hands.  “Are we going to let ourselves be played by India?” he questioned. Defending the disqualified premier, PM Abbasi said that Nawaz never said or implied that the attackers of 26/11 were deliberately sent from Pakistan.

“An NSC meeting was called to ensure that the government’s stance is in the open. We categorically rejected claims that people were deliberately sent from Pakistan to India,” he concluded.

In his speech, PTI’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that why Nawaz Sharif rejected policy statement of National Security Committee meeting. He said that Nawaz Sharif is sticking to his statement.

PPP’s Ijaz Jakharni said that Qureshi has raised a valid point, adding what is the status of National Security Committee meeting when Nawaz Sharif is sticking to his statement. Following the jakhrani’s remarks, opposition parties staged walked out from the house.

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