Sharif's remarks questioning the policy of using Pakistan-based terrorists for cross-border attacks such as the assault on India's financial hub, made during an interview with Dawn newspaper, stirred a hornet's nest.
Addressing media a day after the NSC meeting at the Prime Minister's House, said that the statement coming from the NSC was in complete contrast to the stance taken by leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), including Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
Shahbaz Sharif, Nawaz's younger brother and Pakistan Punjab's CM, said his brother's interview was twisted out of context by his political opponents. Unfortunately a section of Pakistani electronic and social media has intentionally or unintentionally not only validated but has lent credence to the malicious propaganda of Indian media without going through the full facts of the statement'. Nawaz Sharif said it should become known now as to who is responsible for bringing the country to this juncture and who laid the foundation of terrorism in the country. "A decision should be made about who is a patriot and who is a traitor..."
"Well me which country stands with us, is there any?" he asked.
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Pakistan's former dictator General Pervez Musharraf has attacked Nawaz Sharif and blamed the ousted prime minister for withdrawing from Kargil in 1999 under pressure from India when the Pakistan Army was in a "dominating position". "The national commission should be tasked to find the cause of these issues". He said that did we take this forward as well as it turned into the feature of each TV slot and it is likewise turned into the plan of the Parliament. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted.
Sheikh also said that the name of the PML-N supremo should be placed on the Exit Control List, and the interior ministry alerted to file a complain against the former premier.
He added: "Whatever was said during that interview and whatever was written by the reporter was misinterpreted by the Indian media in order to serve India's own purposes".