Sharif's remarks have sparked a debate in Pakistan with his opponents criticising him for toeing the Indian line while many praised him on social media for having the courage to speak the truth. Speaking to reporters outside the accountability court where he arrived to stand trial on corruption charges, he said: "The statement is unfortunate and painful".
Criticising PM Abbasi's comments on former premier Nawaz's statements on 2008 Mumbai attacks, the PTI spokesman said, "PM Abbasi, instead of supporting the state, is proving himself to be a Nawaz loyalist". "The people should know who inflicted the country to this point", he stressed.
After the NSC meeting, Prime Minister Abbasi met Sharif and conveyed to him the concerns of the military leadership over his remarks regarding the Mumbai attacks, Pakistani media had reported yesterday.
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The Supreme Court disqualified three-time prime minister Sharif from office in July previous year over unreported sources of monthly income of less than $3,000 from a United Arab Emirates company, a salary he denied ever receiving. He said no one had the authority to issue the certificate of traitor or patriotism to anyone.
"Modi, who goes uninvited to have "dawats" at the house of same Nawaz Sharif, needs to answer, that in light of this categorical admission by former Pakistani Prime Minister".
The NSC did not condemn Nawaz, but the incorrect reporting of the interview, the PM clarified, referring to an earlier joint statement issued by the country's top civil-military body. "However, India created that impression by misreporting the interview".
Several lawmakers on both sides of the aisle had fired a broadside at Nawaz for statement about the Mumbai attack, with some going as far as demanding that the PML-N supremo be tried for high treason; that his name be placed on the Exit Control List, and a thorough investigation be undertaken to determine the reasons behind the statement made by three-time prime minister.