Sharif misquoted, says Pakistan PM

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Pakistan's former dictator General Pervez Musharraf has attacked former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for withdrawing from Kargil in 1999 under pressure from India when the Pakistan Army was in a "dominating position".

Sources privy to the development said a meeting of the National Security Committee, Pakistan's highest forum, headed by the PM and mandated to consider national security and foreign policy matters, is likely to take place within the next two days. The bit from the interview that has drawn the most interest is Sharif's decision to acknowledge the role of non-state groups in the November 26, 2008, Mumbai attacks.

Sharif was slammed after last week's Dawn interview in which he had stated that "militant organisations were active in Pakistan and "such terror strikes (26/11) could have been prevented".

The video message was released as a response to Mr Sharif's allegations about the involvement of "non-state actors" in the Mumbai attack. "Explain it to me", he had said, in a clear reference to the Mumbai killings blamed on 10 Pakistani terrorists.

Abbasi said he also held a meeting with Sharif after the NSC meeting and asserted that Sharif did not say what was reported in the media about the Mumbai attack.

The petition requested the court to direct the FIA to initiate legal proceedings against Mr Sharif after registering an FIR.

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Referring to a 2016 meeting in which, according to Dawn, the civilian government had informed the military leadership of Pakistan's growing worldwide isolation, Nawaz said, "Even at that time, the same things? getting our house in order? were being discussed in the NSC meeting. Instructions should be given to register a treason case against him", it said. The entire world knows that there are parallel Governments running in Pakistan and it is the military that has a strong say over there than the elected Government.

"Indian media is giving the issue a different hue, and we should not be a part of it", he said.

Arguing before the court, Mr Awan said the statement of Mr Sharif amounted to disrespect for the Constitution and treason. At least 166 Indians and foreigners were killed in the bloodbath. One of them was caught and hanged.

Earlier in the day, a press statement issued after the NSC meeting said: "The participants observed that it was very unfortunate that the opinion arising out of either misconceptions or grievances was being presented in disregard of concrete facts and realities".

The council meeting was attended by all services chiefs and the Defence Minister.

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