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Explainer: Former Pakistani PM under fire for controversial comments on 26/11

The court disqualified Sharif under Article 62 and 63 of Pakistan's Constitution. The articles state that a member of Parliament should be'truthful and'righteous Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Ray Hunter | 16 May, 2018, 15:03

"Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai?"

By disenfranchising Sharif, a three-time Prime Minister, the judiciary had struck at the very roots of the democratic system and ended up doing the military establishment's bidding.

Taking notice of a newspaper article based on a "flawed" report of the World Bank, NAB has started verification whether former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was involved in sending $4.9 billion to India.

The spokesman said the PML-N as the country's premier popular national political party and its supreme leader (Nawaz Sharif) need no certificate from anybody on their commitment and capacity to preserve, protect and promote Pakistan's national security.

In the other resolutions, PTI lawmaker Arif Abbasi said: "Sharif's statement on Mumbai attack has created problems for Pakistan internationally."It also demanded constitution of a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe his business links with Indian steel tycoon Jindal".

"The same policy existed during the tenures of Pakistan Peoples Party, General Musharraf and even earlier", he emphasized.

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 national commission should be tasked to find the cause of these issues".

The prime minister while addressing in the NA asked the house to constitute a committee in this regard.

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

Nawaz maintained that NSC's declaration was painful and contradictory to facts.

The prime minister said a person who made the Country an atomic power was being labeled as a traitor.

"I have clarified those (statements)", Abbasi asserted.

He further questioned why Mumbai trial wasn't completed while adding that he always spoke the truth and stood by it.

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?"

Mr Sharif is facing ire for "harming national interests" from opponents as well as some of the estranged leaders from his Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz (PML-N) party for allegedly supporting the Indian narrative on the attack case.

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