Sharif’s U-turn on Mumbai attack; asks India to give evidence

Sharif’s U-turn on Mumbai attack; asks India to give evidence

Islamabad: In a U-turn, former premier Nawaz Sharif, who last week indicated that the lone captured Mumbai attacker Ajmal Amir Iman was a Pakistani, has said India should provide evidence for Islamabad to take action or else it should avoid creating tensions through “fake allegations".

“Pakistan, as a state and as a government, is not at all involved in the incident. If India provides evidence to Pakistan, the country will look into them and take action," Sharif, the leader of the opposition PML-N, said.

The former Pakistani prime minister said he will request President Asif Ali Zardari to take stern action if India provides evidence of the involvement of the Pakistani elements in the Mumbai terror attacks.

“If we get the evidence, I will personally go to President Zardari and ask him to take stern action against such people," Sharif said at a ceremony held ahead of Christmas at the chief minister’s Secretariat in Lahore Tuesday.

Sharif’s latest remarks follow his statement on Friday last when he indicated that Ajmal was from Pakistan, embarrassing the Pakistani government.

“It has been said this individual named Ajmal Kasab hails from Faridkot village (in Pakistan’s Punjab province). I have seen and I personally got this checked - the village and its surrounding areas were cordoned off. His parents are not being allowed to meet anyone," Sharif had told Geo News.