Nawaz corruption probe: NAB chairman refuses to appear before NA committee today

Pakistan election 2008

Pakistan election 2008

Weighing the ongoing wave of discussions on the Mumbai attacks, former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said India used the Mumbai attacks for its own "despicable" plans.

Abbasi said there was no tension between the civil and military.

"It is unfortunate that our politicians and media are towing the line of India without verifying facts", the prime minister said in response to a point of order by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's Shah Mehmood Qureshi here at the National Assembly.

Sharif's remarks questioning the policy of using Pakistan-based terrorists for cross-border attacks such as the assault on India's financial hub, made during an interview with Dawn newspaper, stirred a hornet's nest.

Lashing out at the NAB chairman for ordering a probe merely on the basis of a media report, the prime minister had asked NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq to constitute a special committee to summon the NAB chairman and seek an explanation.

The prime minister said Nawaz Sharif's specific statement was the part of a bigger interview.

The Mumbai terror attack is the worst kept secret in Pakistan as everybody knows that it was carried out by terror groups nurtured on their soil and the entire operation was directed by non-state actors.

A WB spokesman said: "We would also like to refer to a statement by the State Bank of Pakistan which rejects estimates of $4.9 billion in remittances from Pakistan to India on Sept 21, 2016". The political turmoil over Sharif's candid admission will further isolate Pakistan internationally over terrorism issue.

It also asked the Prime Minister if he would show the courage to ensure that the trail of 26/11 is either held under the guidance of worldwide agencies or they are handed over to India.

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has mustered enough courage to admit in public about Pakistan's involvement in the 26/11 attacks.

Against the backdrop of allegations by the opposition that he had gone against the country's interests, Sharif demanded the formation of a national commission to decide who had committed treason.

He said, "What's wrong with my statement?"

Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir observed that the accused will be given a questionnaire today with regards to their recording of statements on Friday.

When a reporter pointed to Sharif's acknowledgment of the presence of "non-state actors" in the country, his daughter Maryam, who was accompanying him, replied: "So then who was Zarb-i-Azb [military operation] conducted against?"

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