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PM Abbasi comes to Nawaz’s defence, says former premier misquoted by Indian media
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Throwing his weight behind embattled former premier Nawaz Sharif after his recent statement on the Mumbai attacks, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that the PML-N Quaid was misquoted by Indian media.

Addressing a press conference after holding meetings with the National Security Committee (NSC) and Nawaz, the premier denied Pakistan was responsible for the delay in the Mumbai attacks case trial.

He further said that the NSC did not condemn Nawaz, but the incorrect reporting of the former prime minister’s interview. “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,” a press statement issued after the meeting had said. “The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions.”

The prime minister revealed that the controversial statement was termed as ‘ridiculous’ in the NSC meeting. During the meeting we made a resolve that Pakistan’s soil will not be allowed to be used for terrorism, he added.

“I am not here to clarify Nawaz’s position, the purpose of this presser is to clear the air of confusion,” said the prime minister. “No one can dictate to me.”

The premier asserted that Nawaz’s statement did not aim to hold Pakistan responsible for the 26/11 attacks. “Indian media manipulated his statement to create an issue. Indian propaganda cannot undermine our achievements.”

He elaborated and said media in India took a “line or two” from the interview and misrepresented it out of context. The prime minister also added that the reference made to non-state actors was not made to blame Pakistan.

Throwing his weight behind Nawaz, PM Abbasi also reiterated his support for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid. “Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and I stand behind our Quaid.”

NSC convened after Sharif stirs new row

However, it is reported that the ruling party’s leaders are in a state of confusion as Nawaz has said he will stick by his earlier statements.

Earlier in the day, the NSC termed former premier Nawaz Sharif’s comments regarding the 26/11 Mumbai attacks as “incorrect and misleading”, said a statement released by the government.

In a one-point agenda meeting pertaining to the remarks made by Nawaz, representatives of the three branches of the armed forces, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, National Security Adviser (NSA) Nasser Khan Janjuga, Director-General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Naveed Mukhtar and other senior cabinet officials were present. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the meeting.

“The meeting reviewed the recent statement in the context of Mumbai attacks, as it appeared in the Daily Dawn of 12th May 2018, and unanimously termed this statement as incorrect and misleading,” said the statement.

The high-level huddle further 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”.

Participants of the meeting further rejected the allegations and condemned assertions based on false beliefs.

Nawaz’s statement

Nawaz on May 12, during an interview with a local daily, had stated that “Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?”

“We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan’s narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it,” he added.

His remarks were immediately picked up by Indian media, which termed the former prime minister’s statement as a confession of Pakistan’s role in the Mumbai attacks that left 166 people dead.
 

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'Indian media misrepresented Nawaz's statement, we should not become a part of it,' says PM Abbasi
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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, during a press conference in Islamabad on Monday, said that Nawaz Sharif's statements about the Mumbai attacks in an interview to Dawn were being misrepresented by Indian media — and people in Pakistan should not become party to the propaganda.

The press conference was held shortly after the conclusion of a National Security Council (NSC) session, which was convened to discuss "recent misleading media statement" regarding the Mumbai attacks.

According to DawnNewsTV, PM Abbasi dispelled the impression that Nawaz had said that the Mumbai attacks had been planned in Pakistan.

"Nawaz Sharif said that he neither said any such thing, nor can it be said on the basis of assumptions that planning for the Mumbai attacks was done in Pakistan," said the PM, who met Nawaz shortly after the NSC meeting ended.

"Indian media is giving the issue a different hue, and we should not be a part of it," he said.

The NSC did not condemn Nawaz, but incorrect reporting of the interview, the PM clarified, referring to the earlier jointed statement by the country’s top civil-military body.

"There was no talk [by Nawaz] of the Mumbai attacks being planned in Pakistan," Abbasi explained.

"Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan has not permitted its soil to be used for terrorism," he added.

"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," a press release issued after the meeting had said.

"The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions."

"The facts should be made public," he added.

Abbasi, who was elected the PM after Nawaz Sharif was ousted as the country's premier by the Supreme Court in the Panamagate judgement, reiterated his support for his predecessor. "As the prime minister, I stand with Nawaz Sharif," he said, adding that Nawaz would remain the party's quaid.

He also clarified that he was not resigning, saying, "I will stay the prime minister until 12am on May 31."

The PM asserted that civil-military relations remain the same as before. He added that he had made the decision to call the NSC meeting a day earlier.

The press conference has not been aired on any television channel so far. Samaa TV, however, claimed on its website to have run the presser.

Nawaz's interview
In an exclusive interview to Dawn published on Saturday, Nawaz while speaking on matters related to the country’s foreign policy had stated: "Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?" He was referring to the Mumbai attacks-related trial proceedings which have stalled in the Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.

Although Nawaz has stuck to his guns, asking: "What did I say that was wrong in the interview?", his younger brother Shahbaz, who is also the chief minister of Punjab, issued a statement on Sunday, saying that the news report had "incorrectly attributed certain remarks to PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif, which do not represent PML-N’s party policy".

Nawaz, in response, had dispelled the notion that the comments were falsely attributed to him, saying that he would speak the truth come what may.

'Incorrect and misleading statement,' says civil-mil officials
Top civil-military officials who took part in the NSC today — which was called on a 'suggestion' by the Army — unanimously termed the statement 'incorrect and misleading'.

"The meeting reviewed the recent statement in the context of Mumbai attacks, as it appeared in the daily Dawn of 12th May 2018, and unanimously termed this statement as incorrect and misleading," a press handout issued after the meeting said.

"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," the statement added.

'Gross misinterpretation by Indian media'
The PML-N and its leaders have, since Saturday, been scrambling to explain what the statement actually meant, while Nawaz has since read out the excerpts from the interview asking whether he has said anything wrong.

The PML-N claims that Nawaz was "grossly misinterpreted by the Indian media" as a part of malicious propaganda which was unintentionally or intentionally validated by Pakistani media.

'Indian govt to blame for Mumbai attacks trial hold-up'
Earlier on Sunday, without naming Nawaz directly, former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar had addressed the PML-N supremo's question: "Why can’t we complete the [Mumbai attacks] trial?"

Nisar, under whose watch the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was investigating the Mumbai attacks, had emphasised that the Indian government was to blame for the hold-up in the trial. He added that since the assault took place in the Indian financial capital, it was the Indian government which possessed "90 per cent of the evidence and facts" of the incident.

Nawaz, when asked by a reporter on Monday to comment on the impression that India has been reluctant to provide evidence in the case, responded: "There is no shortage of evidence — there is plenty of evidence."

This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as concerned, qualified authorities and our staff reporters.
 

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jin idaron ko action lena chaiye jab wo kich nahi karey gey to yahi hoga . dawnleak was a test case . . apney dheel de apkey samney agaya .
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*** ek "panama case mey saza hogi" ka lollipop dey rakha ha puri awaaam ko .
 

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abbasi is standing on knives edge he needs to loyal to the tooi and do a balancing act with the nation.

Which means abbasi is a hypocrite. It has destroyed the tooi party even more. Now tooi will go to jail come what may and his jahil advisors are the ones we have to be thankful to including dawn.
 

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WTF Nawaz confirmed what he said this morning, lol. Yeh Kaisay Mard hain jin ki koi Zaban nahee bass iqtidar hay MatmaeNazr.

Shahid Khaqan Jhota!!!
 

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Great slap from traitor to our churya pehni hoi hakomat aur fooj... after NSC meeting.. NS again stated "Jo mainay kaha sahi kaha tha dunya hamara mowakif nahe maanti mainay kuch ghalat nahe kaha" WOWWWWWWW Banana republic and khusroon ke meeting kay baaad ka tamacha
 

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, during a press conference in Islamabad on Monday, said that Nawaz Sharif's statements about the Mumbai attacks in an interview to Dawn were being misrepresented by Indian media — and people in Pakistan should not become party to the propaganda.

The press conference was held shortly after the conclusion of a National Security Council (NSC) session, which was convened to discuss "recent misleading media statement" regarding the Mumbai attacks.

According to DawnNewsTV, PM Abbasi dispelled the impression that Nawaz had said that the Mumbai attacks had been planned in Pakistan.

"Nawaz Sharif said that he neither said any such thing, nor can it be said on the basis of assumptions that planning for the Mumbai attacks was done in Pakistan," said the PM, who met Nawaz shortly after the NSC meeting ended.

"Indian media is giving the issue a different hue, and we should not be a part of it," he said.

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.

"There was no talk [by Nawaz] of the Mumbai attacks being planned in Pakistan," Abbasi explained.

"Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan has not permitted its soil to be used for terrorism," he added.

"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," a press release issued after the meeting had said.

"The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions."

"The facts should be made public," he added.

Abbasi, who was elected PM after Nawaz Sharif was ousted as the country's premier by the Supreme Court in the Panamagate judgement, reiterated his support for his predecessor. "As the prime minister, I stand with Nawaz Sharif," he said, adding that Nawaz would remain the party's quaid.

He also clarified that he was not resigning, saying, "I will stay the prime minister until 12am on May 31."

The PM asserted that civil-military relations remain the same as before. He added that he had made the decision to call the NSC meeting a day earlier.

The press conference has not been aired on any television channel so far. Samaa TV, however, claimed on its website to have run the presser.

Nawaz's interview
In an exclusive interview to Dawn published on Saturday, Nawaz, while speaking on matters related to the country’s foreign policy, had stated: "Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?" He was referring to the Mumbai attacks-related trial proceedings which have stalled in the Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.

Although Nawaz has stuck to his guns, asking: "What did I say that was wrong in the interview?", his younger brother Shahbaz, who is also the chief minister of Punjab, issued a statement on Sunday, saying that the news report had "incorrectly attributed certain remarks to PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif, which do not represent PML-N’s party policy".

Nawaz, in response, had dispelled the notion that the comments were falsely attributed to him, saying that he would speak the truth come what may.

'Incorrect and misleading statement,' say civil-mil officials
Top civil-military officials who took part in the NSC today — which was called on a 'suggestion' by the Army — unanimously termed the statement 'incorrect and misleading'.

"The meeting reviewed the recent statement in the context of Mumbai attacks, as it appeared in the daily Dawn of 12th May 2018, and unanimously termed this statement as incorrect and misleading," a press handout issued after the meeting said.

"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," the statement added.

'Gross misinterpretation by Indian media'
The PML-N and its leaders have, since Saturday, been scrambling to explain what the statement actually meant, while Nawaz has since read out the excerpts from the interview asking whether he has said anything wrong.

The PML-N claims that Nawaz was "grossly misinterpreted by the Indian media" as a part of malicious propaganda which was unintentionally or intentionally validated by Pakistani media.

'Indian govt to blame for Mumbai attacks trial hold-up'
Earlier on Sunday, without naming Nawaz directly, former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar had addressed the PML-N supremo's question: "Why can’t we complete the [Mumbai attacks] trial?"

Nisar, under whose watch the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was investigating the Mumbai attacks, had emphasised that the Indian government was to blame for the hold-up in the trial. He added that since the assault took place in the Indian financial capital, it was the Indian government which possessed "90 per cent of the evidence and facts" of the incident.

Nawaz, when asked by a reporter on Monday to comment on the impression that India has been reluctant to provide evidence in the case, responded: "There is no shortage of evidence — there is plenty of evidence."

This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as concerned, qualified authorities and our staff reporters.
 

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I don't get it why did he say what he said, the question asked of him in the interview was not even related.

This is taken from the dawn article

Asked what he believes is the reason for his ouster from public office, Mr Sharif did not reply directly but steered the conversation towards foreign policy and national security. “We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan’s narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it.”

He continued: “Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?” — a reference to the Mumbai attacks-related trials which have stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.


https://www.dawn.com/news/1407192
 

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Didn't the Pakistani National Security Conference, or whatever, unanimously condemn NS's statements also?

Wasn't PM Abbasi a part of that NSC meeting?

Unanimously- adverb: completely agreed upon by all parties involved.

Pak NSC condemns NS's comments. But Indian media is misrepresenting NS's comments.





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A massive u turn from the nsc meeting, this dipstick prime minister needs to realise it's in plain black and white in dawn news paper of Godfather statement .now he saying in national assembly his words were twisted and mis-reporting, who he trying to fool?
 

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Two monkeys scratching each others back - what else would one expect from these two traitors.
 

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