PTI calls PM Abbasi 'Nawaz loyalist', urges to call another NSC meeting

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Nawaz, in a recent interview to Dawn newspaper, had said, "Militant organisations are active".

Sources privy to the development said a meeting of the National Security Committee, Pakistan's highest forum, headed by the PM and mandated to consider national security and foreign policy matters, is likely to take place within the next two days.

Speaking to journalists outside accountability court, Nawaz maintained that NSC's declaration was not based upon facts and the related situation.

"As the prime minister, I stand with Nawaz Sharif", he said, adding that Nawaz would remain the party's quaid. "I am not an ordinary citizen but a three-time prime minister elected by the people of Pakistan, hence, I am privy to realities", Sharif was quoted by the Express Tribune, as saying. Through their counsel, the petitioners contend that the "irresponsible" statement by Mr Sharif has tarnished the image of the country and India is crying for seeking sanctions against Pakistan. "What have we turned this country into?" "The people should know who inflicted the country to this point", he stressed. "A decision should be made about who is a patriot and who is a traitor", he added.

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"We are not being isolated but have already been pushed into a corner", he said.

Sharif's remarks have sparked a debate in Pakistan with his opponents criticising him for toeing the Indian line while many praised him on social media for having the courage to speak the truth. "The national commission should be tasked to find the cause of these issues". "This is something that then UPA Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his government had categorically stated before the entire world community which led to definite sanctions against Pakistan", said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

A crucial meeting of the NSC was held in Islamabad on Monday with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair to discuss the situation arising out of the PML-N supreme leader's remarks about the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Sheikh also said that the name of the PML-N supremo should be placed on the Exit Control List, and the interior ministry alerted to file a complain against the former premier.

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