Nawaz Sharif to soften stance after 26/11 statement

Nawaz Sharif to soften stance after 26/11 statement

Nawaz Sharif to soften stance after 26/11 statement

Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai?

His remarks triggered a major political controversy, ahead of general election in Pakistan.

Talking to media in Islamabad, Qureshi expressed fears that Pakistan might face sanctions from the United States on the basis of Nawaz's controversial remarks on the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

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Former Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif along with daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar were charged in Al-Azizia Steel Mills, Avenfield Properties and Flagship Investment Limited reference cases in September previous year by NAB following the Panama Papers verdict. Fearing that Sharif's reamarks could damage the party and marr their electoral fortunes, many lawmakers of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) during a parliamentary committee meeting, complained to Nawaz Sharif's younger brother and party chief Shahbaz, also the Chief Minister of Pakistan's Punjab province.

At this, Shahbaz, who has taken over from Nawaz as the PML-N president following the latter's disqualification, said that "whoever arranged that interview is the biggest enemy of Nawaz Sharif".

Shehbaz further promised to forward all the lawmakers' concern to Nawaz. He rejected the impression of any differences between Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif.

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Sharif and his family are facing three corruption cases in the Accountability Court after the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) filed cases against them following the Supreme Court's verdict in the Panama Papers case.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's legal counsel Khawaja Harris began cross-examining Wajid Zia, the head of six-member Joint Investigation Team and the prosecution's star witness, in the Al Azizia reference. He said that Shahbaz Sharif is the president of the party but he also stands behind Nawaz Sharif's leadership.

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