Rejecting impression that the interview with Sharif was planted, the Dawn reporter said that he "was already in Multan in search of a story on south Punjab when learned of Nawaz's jalsa the next day". "It is unacceptable that Nawaz is being termed a traitor", Geo TV quoted Prime Minister Abbasi, as saying.
His comments stirred a controversy, prompting the National Security Committee (NSC) - Pakistan's top civil-military body - to call a high-level meeting. Unfortunately a section of Pakistani electronic and social media has intentionally or unintentionally not only validated but has lent credence to the malicious propaganda of Indian media without going through the full facts of the statement'.
Sharif, for the first time, questioned Pakistan's policy to allow the "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in Mumbai as he publicly acknowledged in an interview that militant groups are active in the country.
Under fire for his statement on 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has asserted that the media "grossly misinterpreted" his remarks.
The PTI leader further said, "Indian media exploited Nawaz's statement and it reached a point where a meeting of the National Security Council had to be called". "What did I say that was wrong in the interview?" Explain it to me.
"The meeting reviewed the recent statement in the context of Mumbai attacks...and unanimously termed this statement as incorrect and misleading", said a statement issued after the NSC meeting held at Prime Minister's House.
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Following the prime minister's comments, the opposition parties staged a walkout in protest.
Branding Nawaz Sharif's remark as an "irresponsible", senators demanded that he apologise to the nation and retract his statement, Dawn reported.
Qureshi further said, "Nawaz's statement is condemnable".
One official said: They (India) have indicated they might do that (move the ICJ on Sharifs statement). "Why can't we complete the trial?"
PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif ─ and Nawaz's younger brother ─ issued a statement 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".
The younger Sharif said "the state of Pakistan and all its institutions stand together in the global fight against terrorism".