Statement wrongly attributed to Nawaz: Shahbaz

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Abbasi explained that the statement in question is not standalone but part of an interview covering several issues.

The PTI leader further said, "Indian media exploited Nawaz's statement and it reached a point where a meeting of the National Security Council had to be called".

Sharif had admitted publicly on Friday that Pakistani terrorists were involved in the 26/11 attacks and questioned why Ajmal Kasab and nine others were allowed to cross the border to carry out the carnage in Mumbai in 2008.

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Shortly after Nawaz's talk with the reporters, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the National Assembly defended the ousted premier's remarks on the Mumbai attacks ─ the second time in two days ─ reiterating the handout issued by NSC, saying that the PML-N quaid's comments were "misreported" and "misinterpreted". "Why can't we complete the trial?" - a reference to the Mumbai attacks-related trials which have stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court. The participants termed the remarks as contrary to the facts and said that Indian government didn't present evidence for investigation. "A decision should be made about who is a patriot and who is a traitor", he added.

The spokesman said the PML-N as the country's premier popular national political party and its supreme leader (Nawaz Sharif) need no certificate from anybody on their commitment and capacity to preserve, protect and promote Pakistan's national security.

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Mr Sharif said he will "speak the truth no matter what the consequences are".

'Nawaz was misreported' Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi speaks in parliament.

The premier also said that a national truth and reconciliation commission can be made so the truth can come out.

"The same things have been said by Imran Khan, former interior minister Rehman Malik, former president Pervez Musharraf as well as former director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence Shuja Pasha".

The statement said that it was recalled during the meeting that the delay in conclusion of the Mumbai attack case was caused by India, not Pakistan.

Branding Nawaz Sharif's remark as an "irresponsible", senators demanded that he apologise to the nation and retract his statement, Dawn reported.

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