Punjab Information Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan has demanded to trial former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif under treason charges over revealing national secrets, reported ARY News. “Elder Sharif revealed national secrets by openly talking on the cruise missiles issue”, Fayyazul Hassan Chohan said in his statement.
He added that how come a three-time prime minister reveal national secrets, who took an oath to safeguard it? Sharif family is unable to think about anyone else rather than its personal interests.
Chohan said that Nawaz Sharif has crossed a line in his hatred against state institutions. Fayyazul Hassan Chohan said that the former prime minister is targetting every state institution but the masses have turned down his narrative.
Notably, PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif had claimed that Pakistan had built its missiles by copying American missiles through reverse engineering and he had given cruise missiles to the country.
Nawaz Sharif had said, “The United States had fired missiles at Afghanistan during the war which landed in Balochistan. We made our missiles by copying the US missiles.”
Nawaz’s controversial remarks against Pakistan?
On July 12, 2018, Nawaz Sharif made some ‘irresponsible’ and ‘controversial’ remarks on Mumbai attacks. In an exclusive interview to daily Dawn’s Cyril Almeida that appeared on 12th May, Sharif blamed Pakistan for ‘allowing’ terrorists to kill 150 people in Mumbai. “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?” an angry Nawaz asserted.
Sharif was alluding to the 2008 Mumbai attacks when more than 150 people were killed and more than 300 were wounded. Indian media and authorities had immediately blamed Pakistan for the brutal attack. Lashkar-e-Taiba, a banned terrorist organization, was held responsible for a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai. Pakistan agreed to cooperate with India in order to reach a logical conclusion of the case.
Moreover, while commenting on the foreign policy of Pakistan the former premier took a tough stance and expressed his anger and displeasure. “We have isolated ourselves. Despite giving sacrifices, our narrative is not being accepted. Afghanistan’s narrative is being accepted, but ours is not. We must look into it,” he said.
Nawaz Sharif was referring to the recent media campaigns led by Indian and Western media against Pakistan to isolate it. Pakistan has been under the constant pressure of the United States to follow the policy of ‘do more’ in Afghanistan. However, Pakistan was resisting these demands.
The Reaction of the Indian Media
Just after a moment, the interview was published; Indian media made headings and ran a campaign to spread what Nawaz had said.
“Pakistani terrorists carried out 26/11 Mumbai attacks, admits former PM Nawaz Sharif,” read the headline on Hindustan Times. “Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has tacitly admitted in an interview that Pakistan played a role in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks,” wrote The Times of India.