Rehman Malik terms Nawaz’s statement ‘extremely irresponsible’

Rehman Malik refutes police claims of summoning Sahiwal incident victim families

ISLAMABAD: Senator Rehman Malik demanded Sunday that ex-premier Nawaz Sharif should retract the statement he made about the Mumbai attacks of 2008.
Sharif’s statement was “extremely irresponsible”, Malik, a former interior minister, said, adding that only the Indian government and its spy agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), were responsible for the tragic incident. “The Pakistani state does not have any role in these attacks,” he said.
Noting that the former prime minister’s statement could bring fresh challenges for the country, Rehman, also a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), said Sharif should attend a briefing on the definitions of “state and non-state actors”.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the nation’s ruling party, issued a statement Sunday night, refuting all claims made by its former leader — now Quaid — with regard to the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Earlier, in an interview, Sharif had said: “Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai?
“Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?”


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