Treason petition in Pakistan court against Sharif

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"Nawaz Sharif has put the whole country at stake in a bid to seek help of the "international establishment" for his own protection", the PTI chief said at a press conference he had held in response to a media briefing by Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in which the prime minister endorsed Mr Sharif's point of view and said some part of the interview had been twisted by the Indian media.

The committee, which includes the country's top military and civilian leadership, met in the capital Islamabad on Monday, and termed Sharif's comments "incorrect and misleading".

A meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) has been scheduled on the army's "suggestion" to discuss the "recent misleading media statement regarding Mumbai incident", said Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor.

The participants observed that it was very unfortunate that the opinion arising out of either misconceptions or grievances was being presented in disregard of concrete facts and realities. "The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions", it said.

The meeting recalled that was not Pakistan, but India that has delayed the finalisation of the case.

The party said that Nawaz's statement has been "misinterpreted".

Sharif, for the first time, questioned Pakistan's policy to allow the "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in Mumbai as he publicly acknowledged in an interview that militant groups are active in the country.

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His remarks were wrongfully played up by the Indian media as an admission of Pakistan's involvement in the terrorist attacks and also led to criticism from opposition political parties in Pakistan and the local media. "He told me that he has not made such comments and his words have been misrepresented and taken out of context", Abbasi was quoted by Pakistan's Daily Times, as saying.

"Unfortunately, a section of Pakistani electronic and social media has intentionally or unintentionally not only validated but has lent credence to the malicious propaganda of Indian media without going through the full facts of the statement", a party spokesperson had said. "Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai?" said Sharif, referring to the 2008 attacks, in which at least 160 people were killed by gunmen in attacks on hotels and transportation infrastructure in the Indian business hub.

The prime minister reiterated his support for his predecessor. "We must look into it", he had said in the interview. It said that "Kasab's hurried hanging by India impeded the investigation of the case", adding that "India repeatedly denied assistance in the probe while there was complete cooperation from Pakistan".

"According to Pakistani authorities, including the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), India did not cooperate in two separate investigations into the attacks simultaneously initiated in India and Pakistan and hushed up the case to hide facts", he added.

The premier disclosed that the controversial statement was termed as "ridiculous" in the NSC meeting.

Pakistan has come under pressure from the United States and India to do more, however, to shut down groups such as the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba, which target U.S. forces in Afghanistan or Indian forces in the disputed region of Kashmir. "Explain it to me", he had said, in a clear reference to the Mumbai killings blamed on 10 Pakistani terrorists. "Indian propaganda can not undermine our achievements", he said.

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