Islamabad - The recent statement of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif about Mumbai attacks is likely to trigger a strong reaction from opposition parties in National Assembly today.

It is likely to be a tough day for Finance Minister Miftah Ismail to resume a debate to wind up the budget session– postponed during the Friday session due to the quorum issue.

Last week, Ismail could not deliver the wind up post-budget speech on the floor of the House after the opposition pointed out the lack of quorum, resulting in the adjournment of the business till Monday.

The lack of quorum was pointed out by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s lawmaker Shireen Mazari soon after the minister started his speech.

During today’s session, the intensity of reaction of the opposition parties is expected to blow up in the wake of the recent statement of Sharif on the Mumbai attacks.

Sharif in his recent interview to Dawn said: “Militant organizations 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?”— a reference to the Mumbai attacks and related trials which have stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.

The Indian media portrayed the interview as Pakistan’s confession, which attracted a strong reaction not only from right-wing groups but also from left-leaning parties such the Pakistan People’s Party.

PPP leader and Opposition Leader in the Senate Sherry Rehman on Sunday in a hurriedly call press conference said that the statement has compromised Pakistan’s narrative in the war against terrorism and it was a backing of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s stance. She said that her party has strongly rejected the statement.

MNA Shiekh Rashid was quick to initiate a trend Article6forNawazSharif on the social media, which was immediately picked up by the opponents of Sharif.

PTI chief Imran Khan also used strong language against Sharif on his social media page and alleged that he was repeating the words of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sharif’s statement was not only condemned by the opposition but the military also reacted to it.

ISPR’s Director-General Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted that “the high-level National Security Council meeting has been suggested to Prime Minister to discuss recent “misleading media statement” regarding Bombay incident. The urgent meeting has been scheduled to be held today.

“It is a serious matter, no doubt, the opposition will take up the matter on the floor of the House,” said a PPPP MNA.

He said that PPPP leader Khurshid Shah is in his hometown due to the weekend and when he returns on Monday morning, a strategy may be devised.

He said that since the stance of most of the opposition parties has been the same, they may launch a joint protest in the parliament.

PTI’s Asad Umer said that the matter will be definitely picked up in the parliament. He, however, said the final decision regarding the joint strategy will be taken at a meeting scheduled at 2 pm on Monday.