Khan's statement seems to have come in reference to the interview given by Sharif to Pakistan's news daily Dawn in which he was quoted as saying, "Militant organisations are active. The participants unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions".
"I say with full responsibility that the delay and slow pace of the Mumbai attacks-related case in Pakistan was not Pakistan's doing but was a result of non-cooperation and stubbornness by India", said the disgruntled PML-N member.
Claiming that he is calling from Doda, Zargar said that India arrested Ajmal Qasab from Nepal and to defame Pakistan, he was labeled as Mumbai attack mastermind and subsequently hanged.
The clarification by PML-N was necessitated because Nawaz Sharif's statement about 2008 Mumbai terror attack triggered criticism of the party and its leadership from political and security quarters, terming it "anti-state" and equating it with committing a treason.
Despite the controversy provoked by his words, including an attempt by the PMLN to frame it as a case of misreporting, Sharif has refused to budge from his initial statement. They believe that the announcement by the ISPR chief through social media indicates that the military authorities have chose to seriously take up the issue and that they want Prime Minister Abbasi's stance over the matter.
He elaborated and said media in India took a "line or two" from the interview and misrepresented it out of context. "I have clarified those (statements)", Mr Abbasi asserted.
"The PML-N would like to set the record straight on the interview of PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif carried on Saturday by Dawn", the spokesman stated.
Sharif's remarks, however, have further inflamed civil-military relations. He said misunderstandings are removed in the light of the facts. He said since the attack took place, it was the Indian government which possessed "90 per cent of the evidence and facts" of the incident.
"Can a man like Nawaz, who presented the Kashmir issue at United Nations, paid tribute to Burhan Wani Saheed be termed a traitor?", asked Maryam Nawaz.
"I am being called a traitor on the media - they [the media] are being made to call me a traitor". Other opposition parties, including the Pakistan People's Party, also criticized Sharif's comments.
"Are those who tore apart the country and the Constitution patriots?" The country is suffering from an acute power shortage during a brutal summer, water supply is scarce, government investment in the education and health sector is shrinking by the day, yet the country's army generals continue to spend Pakistan's precious resources in such adventures that do not serve Pakistan and its people in any way. What Sharif said is already there in the investigation by Federal Investigation Agency, he said.
The NSC said Pakistan also awaits cooperation on the matters of Samjhauta Express and Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. Operation Zarb-e-Azb was a military offensive conducted by the Pakistan Armed Forces against various militant groups in 2014.
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