ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Tuesday said the statement of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Mumbai attacks was “sheer misreporting” by Indian media and those using it for political gains were, in fact, putting the national security at stake.

“It is unfortunate that our politicians and media are towing the line of India without verifying facts,” the prime minister said in response to a point of order by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi here at the National Assembly.

The PM said the meeting of National Security Committee was convened yesterday to “condemn the impression created by misreporting of the interview.”

He said Nawaz Sharif had not given a standalone statement on Mumbai attacks, rather it was an out-of-context pick by the journalist out of a lengthy interview. “The baseless issue that arose from misreporting should now come to an end,” he said.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi regretted that the loyalty of a person who made this country an impregnable nuclear State was being questioned and added that “no one has the right to issue a certificate of patriotism”.

Abbasi said he was confident that the parliamentarians making fiery speeches against Nawaz Sharif had not even read the interview and were only making the fuss out of nothing.

He mentioned that even General Pervez Musharraf, PTI chief Imran Khan, then National Security Adviser Mehmood Durrani, the DG Inter-Services Intelligence and Senator Rehman Malik had given similar statements and referred to non-state actors in Mumbai attacks.

The Prime Minister said it was the long-standing policy of Pakistan not to allow the use of its territory against any other country.

“The same policy existed during the tenures of Pakistan Peoples Party, General Musharraf and even earlier,” he emphasized.

He said it was the responsibility of party leaders to go for a reality check before making statements. He said those wishing to go for the formation of a truth and reconciliation commission may do so but must keep in view the national interest.

After Prime minister's address, opposition walked out from the session as a protest. 

Earlier today, former premier Nawaz Sharif turned down the statement released by National Security Committee (NSC) yesterday in the aftermath of his controversial remarks about the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Nawaz said this while speaking to journalists outside accountability court. He maintained that NSC’s declaration was not based upon facts and the related situation.

“The people should know who inflicted the country to this point,” he stressed.

He said, “What's wrong with my statement?”

“I had asked why did militants attack 150 people and I want the answer,” he clarified.

He further questioned why Mumbai trial wasn't completed while adding that he always spoke the truth and stood by it. 

The participants of NSC meeting termed the PML-N supremo's remarks as contrary to the facts and said that Indian government didn’t present evidence for investigation.

The NSC meeting had categorically rejected the statement of Nawaz Sharif. 

They observed that it was very unfortunate that the opinion arising out of either misconceptions or grievances was being presented in disregard of concrete facts and realities.