NA panel summons NAB chief over probe against Nawaz

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Weighing the ongoing wave of discussions on the Mumbai attacks, former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said India used the Mumbai attacks for its own "despicable" plans. He said misunderstandings are removed in the light of the facts.

PM Abbasi conducted a press conference and said that Sharif also denies making any of such statement.

THE statement of former Prime Minister and Quaid PML (N) Mian Nawaz Sharif about role of non-state actors from Pakistan in Mumbai attacks has triggered yet another controversy in the already volatile political environment of the country.

The Mumbai terror attack is the worst kept secret in Pakistan as everybody knows that it was carried out by terror groups nurtured on their soil and the entire operation was directed by non-state actors.

Lashing out at the NAB chairman for ordering a probe merely on the basis of a media report, the prime minister had asked NA speaker Ayaz Sadiq to constitute a special committee to summon the NAB chairman and seek an explanation. "We should find out who laid the foundation of terrorism in the country", he said. "The national commission should be tasked to find the cause of these issues".

"The report does not include any mention of money laundering nor does it name any individuals", said the World Bank, which was issued after media reports cited its annual report for allegations that Sharif laundered $4.9 billion from Pakistan to India.

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After Prime minister's address, opposition walked out from the session as a protest. Mohammad Bashir, Judge of Accountability Court I initiated the hearing. "And the person who is asking this question has been labelled a traitor".

He said, "What's wrong with my statement?"

He further questioned why Mumbai trial wasn't completed while adding that he always spoke the truth and stood by it.

Abbasi said this while talking to senior journalists after an emergency meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) - Pakistan's top civil-military body - that condemned Sharif's "fallacious" statement and termed it as "incorrect and misleading".

In the petition filed in the LHC, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) secretary general Khuram Nawaz Gandapur and Advocate Aftab Virk contended that Sharif tarnished the country's image.

Mr Sharif is facing ire for "harming national interests" from opponents as well as some of the estranged leaders from his Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz (PML-N) party for allegedly supporting the Indian narrative on the attack case.