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National security shouldn't be put at stake for political gains: PM

May 15, 2018 2:43 PM
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has called for an end to a debate that Nawaz Sharif sparked with his controversial remarks about Mumbai attacks.

Expressing his views in the National Assembly, he said that Sharif's remarks were misreported by Indian media.

"Nawaz Sharif didn't say Mumbai attackers were dispatched from Pakistan. The sentence about non-state actors was misquoted," he said.

He said Pervez Musharraf, Gen (retd) Pasha, Imran Khan, General (retd) Durrani and Rehman Malik had also discussed the issue of Mumbai terror attacks in the past for which Nawaz Sharif is being criticized.

"Nobody is authorized to issue certificates of patriotism," he said, and warned against using the issue for political point scoring.

"Do not become India's facilitators in a matter related to national security. Do not use a national security matter for political purposes," he said.

"Parliament should form a commission if it is willing to look back into the past," Abbasi said.

He reiterated that Pakistan would not allow it soil to be used against other countries. "It was and it still remains our policy," said the premier .

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