Nawaz Sharif, the Ex Prime Minister of Pakistan, seems to have confirmed a Pakistani terrorists were responsible for the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai, that took place in 2008. He also appeared to be saying that the authorities could have prevented the attacks from happening. He told a Pakistani publication, “Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?” He also said that even while his country seems to be making efforts to curb terrorism, it has done nothing for the international community to still blame it for spreading terror. He used tact, and didn’t mention any names that have been related to the attacks, Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar, he still has released a deeply troubling statement that could strain the relationship between the two countries even more.
The 26/11 attacks caused death of 166 people, and 10 injured. The attacks were a shock to the nation, and caused concern about the reach of terrorism. India has been diligent in its efforts to curb terrorism, while also accusing the Pakistani terror group, Lashkar-e-Taiba of being responsible for the atrocities. Nawaz Sharif has been restricted from contesting elections in Pakistan for life.
He was thrown out of his position because of his involvement in the Panama papers. He also blamed the government, saying that the country can’t run on three parallel government, and that it should be one body to govern the people of the country.