Sharif admits role in 26/11 Mumbai attacks

Sharif admits role in 26/11 Mumbai attacks

He told this in an interview given to Dawn.

"We have isolated ourselves".

Sharif, who was answering a question about his ouster, steered the conversation towards foreign policy and national security by saying that Pakistan has isolated itself in global arena despite giving sacrifices in war on terror. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not.

"Militant organizations are active". "Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai?" Explain it to me. The trial of 2008 Mumbai terror attack remains stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court with the government recently removing the public prosecutor from the case in an alleged abrupt fashion.

"It's absolutely unacceptable. This is exactly what we are struggling for". In February, Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualified him as the president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), saying that all the decisions taken by him as the party chief stood "null and void".

The trial is still at a preliminary stage of investigation after ten years.

Islamabad, on the other hand, has blamed setbacks during the trial on India, insisting that New Delhi had not given "solid evidence" against Hafiz Saeed and others.

Without naming Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar's militant organisations - Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Jaish-e-Mohammad - operating in the country, Mr. Sharif said, "Militant organisations are active in Pakistan". In 2017, former Pakistan national security advisor Muhammad Ali Durrani had also admitted that the attacks at several places in Mumbai were carried out by a terrorist group based out of Pakistan. Commonly called the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the city was under siege till November 29.

On November 26, 2008, 10 armed Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists forced their way into Mumbai and carried out coordinated shooting and bombing.

Jamaat-ud Dawa, the socio-political front of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, was declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014.