Nawaz Sharif tells Army to stop shielding terror, speed up Pathankot and 26/11 probes

Nawaz Sharif has warned the powerful military not to shield banned militant groups and directed authorities to conclude the Pathankot terror attack probe and the 2008 Mumbai attack trial, a leading Pakistani daily reported.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: October 12, 2016 8:37 pm
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Facing international isolation, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in an unprecedented move has warned the powerful military not to shield banned militant groups and directed authorities to conclude the Pathankot terror attack probe and the 2008 Mumbai attack trial, a leading Pakistani daily reported Thursday. Sharif’s orders came after a series of meetings between military and civilian leaders, Dawn newspaper said. The government delivered a “blunt, orchestrated and unprecedented warning” to the military leadership and sought consensus on several key actions, including action against banned militant groups, the paper quoted unnamed individuals, who were involved in the meetings.

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However, the Spokesman of Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office strongly rejected the Dawn report. “The Spokesman has termed the contents of the story not only speculative but misleading and factually incorrect. It is an amalgamation of fiction and half truths which too are invariably reported out of context,” an official statement said.

“The fact that the report itself states that none of the attributed statements were confirmed by the individuals mentioned in the story, clearly makes it an example of irresponsible reporting,” it said. The PMO Spokesman said, “It is imperative that those demanding the right to information at par with the international best practices, also act in a manner which is at par with international reporting norms and standards.”

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The Pakistan Foreign Office termed the report as “speculative”. Asked about the report, Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria also said, “The story you are referring to is purely speculative and as the author himself acknowledged that ‘none of the attributed statements were confirmed by the individuals mentioned’.”

“Such speculative stories on matters of national security are not helpful for national causes,” he said. According to the paper, at least two sets of actions have been agreed as a result of the most recent meeting, an undisclosed one on the day of the All Parties’ Conference, which took place on Monday.

Read: Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif warns its military of international isolation: Report

ISI Director General Rizwan Akhtar, accompanied by National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua, will travel to all provinces with a message that military-led intelligence agencies should not interfere if law enforcement agencies act against militant groups that are banned.

Sharif directed that fresh attempts be made to conclude the Pathankot investigation and restart the stalled Mumbai attack trial in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court. Those decisions, taken after an extraordinary verbal confrontation between Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the ISI DG, appear to indicate a high-stakes new approach by the PML-N government, the paper said.

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Separately, on Monday Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry made a presentation in the Prime Minister’s Office to a small group of civil and military officials. The presentation by the Foreign Secretary summarised the results of the recent diplomatic outreach by Pakistan, the crux being that Pakistan faces diplomatic isolation and that the government’s talking points have been met with indifference in major world capitals, the paper said.

On the US, Chaudhry said that relations have deteriorated and will likely further deteriorate because of the American demand that action be taken against the Haqqani network. On India, Chaudhry said that the completion of the Pathankot investigation and some visible action against Jaish-i-Mohammad (JeM), which India says was behind the January 2 attack, were the principal demands.

Chaudhry said while China has reiterated its support for Pakistan, it too has indicated a preference for a change in course by Pakistan. Specifically, while Chinese authorities have conveyed their willingness to keep putting on technical hold a UN ban on JeM leader Masood Azhar, they have questioned the logic of doing so repeatedly, the report said.

In the meantime, former cricketer and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan has lashed out at Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for making friends with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi while the latter was busy isolating Pakistan in the international community. “Narendra Modi wouldn’t have behaved like this had Nawaz Sharif not given him the wrong signals. He didn’t get the time to speak to Hurriyat leaders, but went to Modi’s inauguration as the new leader (in 2014),” said Imran Khan.

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    Ca Naveen
    Oct 7, 2016 at 5:11 am
    Excellent reprting
  2. I
    Oct 7, 2016 at 4:12 am
    This is just a show off to world community, instead of telling these words why can't he Surrender those terrorist? I think they are planning some big attack. We must be careful.
  3. J
    Oct 7, 2016 at 5:08 am
    Every body will be most happy if it comes true. But coming from the likes of Shahbaz Sharif who is a prime contributor to jihadi cash flow, we should take it with a pinch of salt. At the moment stan has realized that it is being isolated. For a country which lives with a begging bowl, it is a death nail. But army can not let go of their strategic ets. At the same time they have to buy time, hoping against hope that this will blow away and then it will be business as usual. So to fool their western audience this drama seems to be stage managed. They hope that gullible western policy makers, always eager to buy stan's lies, will again be fooled in to age old narrative - oh! the good general is really mending his ways. Lets give him time. Alas, that time will never come. When dust is settled and every thing is honky dory, these rats will resurface and it will be business as usual.
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    Gruham Bendakaluru
    Oct 7, 2016 at 3:17 am
    When terrorism is part of state policy.....especially when the policy is run by the Army, and that policy is beginning to bite them back, the common people of stan are bound to get fed up sooner or;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The common people, whether in India or in stan want nothing to do with terrorists, and one day they will rise up against it. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Hopefully, we are seeing the beginnings of this uprising against terrorism in stan and India (and the world) will support stan in this uprising against terrorism.
  5. A
    Oct 7, 2016 at 3:52 am
    Nawaz Sharif is a confirmed corrupt kleptocrate prime minister of stan, who dont even have any moral authority to order patriot Pak;br/gt;and i am surprised why you guys terming kashmiries as terrorista
  6. A
    Oct 7, 2016 at 3:12 am
    At last and at least Pak has accepted that their military is shielding terrorists.
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    Navin D.
    Oct 7, 2016 at 12:38 pm
    Nawaz Sharif shedding crocodiles tears on terrorism, thinking he and the pak army can once again fool India and the World,despite being neck dip involve in terrorism this county feels that the w world is fools paradise and they can do it time and again, right from 1993 Mumbai blast, ethnic cleansing in jammu and kashmir, bringing terror to punjab, than continuously adding and abating terror in jammu and kashmir, radicalization of muslims in kashmir, again 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, akshardham mandir attack in gujrat, the list is endless,but still it is in abject denial, we indians should sue the stan govt. in international court for all these terror acts,like the americans are doing the same for 9/11 attacks, and should ensure that justice is being done to all the innocent indians, who had to suffer a lot because of all these terror activities from across the border.
  8. R
    Oct 7, 2016 at 3:53 am
    Dear Sir Mr. Chidambaram and Arvind Khhajral should read this and tell whether they saylt;br/gt;this is also is lie and whether they are going to ask stan PM to give proof for this.
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