Published: Tue, May 15, 2018

Gain for Pakistan's democracy, not so much for India — Civilian-military tussle

Gain for Pakistan's democracy, not so much for India — Civilian-military tussle

It is being seen as an admission of Pakistan's involvement in the terrorist attacks in 2008.

Presided over by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the meeting was attended by top Cabinet ministers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Zubair Hayat, the three services chiefs, the director generals of Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence.

Or is one to presume that he was helpless because his government was working under the command of the Pakistan Army and the ISI?

Sharif, asked about his ouster, brought up issues of security and foreign policy - which the military controls.

Nawaz on May 12, during an interview with a local daily, had stated that "Militant organisations are active. Why can't we complete the trial?", Sharif said, according to Dawn. This is what we are struggling for.

A spokesman for Mr Sharif on Sunday said, "At the outset, statement of Nawaz Sharif has been grossly misinterpreted by the Indian media".

The references to Russian President Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping are particularly noteworthy.

This comes as pressures on the rise on Pakistan regarding the presence of the sanctuaries and alleged support of the country to terrorist groups. The petition has been filed by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Geo News reported.

Sharif's statement has, according to sources, left the Pakistan Army extremely anxious that "this will give more weight to India's narrative that Pakistan is not doing enough" to rein in terrorist modules operating from its soil, and particularly from areas in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

He elaborated and said media in India took a "line or two" from the interview and misrepresented it out of context.

Following the meeting, PM Abbasi met Sharif and conveyed the army's concerns to him.

The participants of the meeting also "unanimously rejected the allegations and condemned the fallacious assertions". At the same time Pakistan continues to wait for cooperation from India on the infamous Kulbhushan Jadhav and Samjhota Express episodes, the statement added. This has become a "core impediment in the finalisation of the trial".

Even the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the former interior minister, did not endorse Sharif's statement. This is in line with his combative mood.

In the interview, Sharif had appeared to admit state endorsement for militant organizations based in Pakistan.

"The big question is: Why, when he was in power for over 4 yrs, & his puppet is still holding power today, he did not speak out and take action?" he said in another tweet.

He said, "There was no bigger evidence of the Indian government's lack of interest in taking the case to its end than its refusal to allow FIA to question the only living proof of the attacks: Ajmal Kasab". Thus, Nawaz Sharif has made a risky gambit and closed the doors to a retreat.

He called Sharif the modern-day Mir Jafar.

Pakistan is expected to go to the polls in the next few months. "Instructions should be given to register a treason case against him", it said.

Hours after the council's meeting, Sharif doubled down on his position, saying Pakistan was being isolated internationally due to its reputation.

While talking to the media outside a court in Islamabad, Mr Sharif said, "What did I say that was wrong in the (Dawn) interview?"

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