Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Nawaz Sharif to soften stance after 26/11 statement

Nawaz Sharif to soften stance after 26/11 statement

Sharif was disqualified to hold the office of the prime minister by the Supreme Court on July 28 a year ago in the Panama Papers case.

The meeting, which was presided over by Shahbaz Sharif at Parliament House, was also attended by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, besides 121 parliamentarians of the party.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday that Nawaz Sharif's political narrative is more risky than his recent statement on the 2008 Mumbai attack.

Nawaz, in an interview to Dawn newspaper published on May 12, had said, "Militant organisations are active".

Shehbaz Sharif assured them that the interview was taken out of context.

The PML-N president promised to take their grievances to party quaid Nawaz Sharif.

His remarks triggered a major political controversy, ahead of general election in Pakistan. "The voters are with us because of our performance and we will go into the polls with full confidence".

Lawmakers apprised Shehbaz of the issues faced by them and the negative atmosphere following Nawaz Sharif's controversial statement on the Mumbai attacks, Geo TV reported, quoting sources as saying.

According to sources, four to five PML-N legislators expressed reservations over Nawaz Sharif's interview on the Mumbai attacks and termed it "inappropriate".

The opposition leader added that there was no consensus over the name of caretaker prime minister and no consultation has been done with his party.

On Thursday, the petitioner, Pakistan Zindabad Party chief Aftab Virk, who is also a lawyer, contended that Sharif's statements amounted to "committing treason" against the country.

Later, Prime Minister Abbasi met Shahbaz Sharif in his chamber in and the one-on-one meeting continued for 45 minutes.

The prime minister also said that they will never let their land be used against any other country.

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