In an unprecedented move, the former Prime Minister admitted Saturday that militant outfits are active in the country, and were responsible for crossing the border and killing people in Mumbai on 26 November 2008.
"Time has come that Shehbaz Sharif as President and Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) should stand up against Nawaz Sharif to manifest patriotism by distancing them from his anti-Pakistan concocted statement involving the country in Mumbai attacks falsely", he said while talking to media. "Why can't we complete the trial?"
Indian officials say Pakistan did not keep its end of the bargain and sent the case to court without really investigating the conspiracy that led to the attacks. India's position has been that the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack operated from Pakistan. Afghanistan's narrative is being accepted, but ours is not.
Without naming Mumbai attack mastermind and various militant organisations operating in the country, Mr. Sharif said, "Militant organisations are active in Pakistan".
"It isn't possible that we let them go across the border and kill 150 innocents", the Punjab CM doubled down.
Asked why he was ousted from public office, Sharif did not reply directly but steered the conversation towards foreign policy and national security, the Dawn said.
Nawaz Sharif admits Pakistan terrorists carried out 26/11 terror attacks
Sharif also said that Pakistan's version of its commitment to fight terror was not being accepted by other countries. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me.
He claimed that although Pakistan had cooperated with the Indian government for information-sharing regarding every terrorist incident, India had not reciprocated for incidents taking place inside Pakistan.
"It's absolutely unacceptable. This is exactly what we are struggling for. President (Vladimir) Putin has said it. President Xi (Jinping) has said it".
Leader of the opposition, Sherry Rehman on Sunday slammed Nawaz Sharif for his recent remarks.
Sharif, 68, was disqualified by the Supreme Court for not being "honest and righteous" as he failed to declare in 2013 a salary he got from the company of his son in the UAE.
A 25 year old youth has been arrested by Mumbai police allegedly for planning attacks in some of the metro cities in the country. The Indian government lodged a strong protest over his release; however, the Pakistani authorities demanded that India provide incriminating evidence against him so he can be held in jail and tried effectively. One of them was caught and hanged.