Nawaz Sharif. File

Sharif, 67, was not Pakistan's prime minister when the attack took place.

A top Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart told TOI that when Sharif became PM for the third time in 2013, he was determined to minimize Army's role in Pakistan's foreign affairs but had to give up at every step due to the pressure exerted from hidden quarters, a euphemism for the military establishment.

Mr. Sharif's comments assume significance as Pakistan has been consistently denying India's allegation that state actors in Pakistan were responsible for the Mumbai attacks.


"Our narrative is not being accepted". The story of Afghanistan was accepted, but not ours. "We must look into it".

To a question on his ouster from office, Nawaz Sharief said "Militant organisations are active".

Pakistan was frontline ally in the war against terrorism, he said, adding the entire world is witness to our sacrifices and tremendous achievements in eradicating this menace.


On 26 November, 2008, 10 terrorists of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) arrived in Mumbai by sea route and opened fire indiscriminately at people on different locations.

His statement is seen as a reference to the trial against Pakistani suspects of the attack in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught and hanged after being handed down death sentence. "President Putin has said it. President Xi has said it", Sharif said, in an interview to leading daily The Dawn. US President Donald Trump had accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists.

In an interview to "The Dawn" before the rally in Multan on Friday, Nawaz said, 'You cannot run a country when two or three parallel ongoing governments.


A number of Pakistani witnesses, both official and private, testified and provided evidence against the seven, but the Pakistani authorities have been insisting on calling Indian witnesses for reaching a verdict in the case. There can only be one government: "the constitutional one", he said.

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