Former Premier Nawaz Sharif said on Monday that he will speak the truth without fearing any consequences.

He was talking to media persons inside the accountability court and said that those who dare to ask questions termed as traitors. He remarked, “he who conducted atomic tests is being called a traitor”.    

He added that he is not the first one to have accepted these facts.

Nawaz was referring to his recent statements in an interview regarding about the involvement of Pakistan’s non-state actors in the Mumbai attacks of 2008.   

"What did I say that was wrong in the interview?", he asked. 

Nawaz said, “I had asked a question. I need an answer,” while reading his statement during the interview from his mobile phone to strengthen his view point. 

He further remarked that this is the reason the world does not accept Pakistan’s stance and said that it is important to ask why that is.

A local media outlet reported that Nawaz, when asked by a reporter on Monday to comment on the impression that India has been reluctant to provide evidence in the case, responded, "There is no shortage of evidence — there is plenty of evidence."

Another reporter pointed to Nawaz's acknowledgment of the presence of "non-state actors", to which Maryam Nawaz, who was accompanying her father, replied, "So then who was Zarb-i-Azb [military operation] conducted against?"

The former premier, however, interrupted and refrained his daughter from speaking any further. 

Differences within the ruling party surfaced following the issuance of contradictory statements by the Sharif brothers on the issue.

While Nawaz did not at all contradict his remarks, his younger brother and PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif, who is also the chief minister of Punjab, issued a statement on Sunday, saying that the news report had “incorrectly attributed certain remarks to PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif, which do not represent PML-N’s party policy”.

Shahbaz Sharif said on twitter, 

He further tweeted, "We fully believe that the interests of Pakistan are on a priority higher than any personal and political ones. Pakistan's national interests can and will never be compromised!"

“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 had asked in the interview, referring to the Mumbai attacks-related trial proceedings which have stalled in the Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.

The former Prime Minister’s statements has caused backlash from various political parties and public.

A meeting of the National Security Committee is held at PM house Islamabad, on the 'suggestion' of the army, to discuss the controversial statement.