Explainer: Former Pakistani PM under fire for controversial comments on 26/11

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While expressing his view in the Lower House, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said according the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif's statement was twisted but National Security Committee (NSC) unanimously issued declaration. He said even the allied parties of the government were not supporting PML-N over Nawaz Sharif's statement.

The NSC, which met under the chair of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday, had termed Mr Sharif's statement as "incorrect and misleading".

A party spokesman had said,"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's criticism of the military has caused divisions within his party, analysts say, with some members unhappy about his confrontational approach.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Saturday, ruffled more than a few feathers when he openly acknowledged that militant organisations operative in Pakistan, crossed the border to "kill" people in Mumbai, in an apparent reference to the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

The military, which has ruled Pakistan for about half its history, denies any interference in civilian politics.

Nawaz, when asked by a reporter on Monday to comment on the impression that India has been reluctant to provide evidence in the case, responded: "There is no shortage of evidence - there is plenty of evidence". Ten gunmen spent three days spraying bullets and throwing grenades around landmarks. "However, India created that impression by misreporting the interview", he said further.

India blamed Pakistan for failing to act against those behind the raids.

"There was no talk [by Nawaz] of the Mumbai attacks being planned in Pakistan", Abbasi explained. He said there should only be one constitutional government. In an interview last week, Sharif had questioned Pakistan's policy to allow the "non-state actors" to cross the border and "kill" people in Mumbai as he publicly acknowledged that militant groups are active in the country.

Efforts by Pakistan to put on trial those India says are responsible for the Mumbai attack have stalled, while Saeed operates largely freely in Pakistan.

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