New Delhi, May 14: The Pakistan Army will hold National Security Committee meeting today to discuss recent misleading media statement regarding 2008 attacks in Mumbai. This development came after former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif admitted that militant organisations are active in Pakistan.
The announcement was made on micro-blogging site Twitter by Major General Asif Ghafoor. “NSC meeting suggested to Prime Minister to discuss recent misleading media statement regarding Bombay incident. Being held tomorrow morning,” Ghafoor tweeted on Sunday night. (ALSO READ: Nawaz Sharif Admits Pak Terror Outfits Behind Mumbai 26/11 Attacks)
On Saturday, former Pakistan PM had admitted that homegrown terrorist outfits were responsible for the 2008 attacks in Mumbai. Giving an interview to Dawn, he said, “Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors. Should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Why can’t we complete the trial?”
On November 26, 2008, 10 armed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists forced their way into Mumbai and carried out coordinated shooting and bombing. Commonly called the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the city was under siege till November 29. Coordinated attacks on landmarks like the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Hotel, and Leopold Cafe killed 166 and injured over 300. Only one of the terrorists, Ajmal Kasab, could be caught alive. On May 3, 2010, he was found guilty of 80 offences and sentenced to death on four counts and to a life sentence on five counts. He was executed on November 21, 2012.
On Sunday, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had also said that statement of ousted PM Nawaz Sharif remark proves that India stand was right all through the way.
Sharif’s outburst comes at a time when he himself has been mired in controversy. Early in April, the Pakistan Supreme Court had disqualified him for life from holding any public office. 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 three-time prime minister was earlier disqualified by the apex court for failing to declare his assets while being the Prime Minister.