For all Pakistan apologists who continue to deny the involvement of their government machineries in terrorist activities happening in India, this will take some serious defending. Pakistan’s ousted Prime minister Nawaz Sherif has acknowledged that militant organisations are active in the country and questioned its policy to allow “non state actors” to cross the border and kill people in mumbai.
He said Pakistan has isolated itself from the international community by allowing non state actors to be used as the central actors in it’s foreign policy, something that it’s neighbours like India has been saying for long. ” We have isolated ourselves. Despite making sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan’s narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it. 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? “
The trial for Mumbai attacks have entered it’s tenth year in Pakistan but none of the suspects have been punished yet. Several Pakistani witnesses have vouched against the culprits but Pakistan’s obstinacy on questioning Indian witnesses for reaching a verdict has prolonged the process for so long. Known for having serious difference in opinion with the military during his times, Sharif said that its absolutely unacceptable to allow non state actors to cross border and commit terrorism there.
Talking about the systemic failure in Pakistan, Mr. Sharif said, “You can’t run a country if you have two or three parallel governments. This has to stop. There can only be one government — the constitutional one.”
Mr. Sharif is currently serving a ban for life from holding public office by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.