Nawaz Sharif questioned the policy to allow “non-state actors” to cross border and kill people

Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif speaks during the Summit for Refugees and Migrants at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Vastavam web: For the first time, Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif has publicly acknowledged that militant organisations are active in the country and questioned the policy to allow the “non-state actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai, a media report said.Sharif, who has been disqualified to hold public office for life by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case, said Pakistan has isolated itself.Without naming Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar’s militant organisations Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Jaish-e-Mohammad, operating in the country with impunity, Sharif said: Militant organisations are active in Pakistan.

“Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill over 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial.”The Mumbai attacks-related trials are stalled in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.Sharif, 68, was disqualified by the Supreme Court for not being “honest and righteous” as he failed to declare in 2013 a salary he got from the company of his son in the UAE.

In February, the apex court also disqualified Sharif as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).Citing the military and judiciary establishment, Sharif further said: You can’t run a country if you have two or three parallel governments. This has to stop. There can only be one government – the constitutional one. The Mumbai attack case has entered into the 10th year but none of its suspects in Pakistan has been punished yet, showing that the case had never been in the priority list of the country that appears to be keen to put it under the carpet.

A number of Pakistani witnesses both official and private testified and provided evidence against the seven accused, but the Pakistani authorities have been insisting on sending Indian witnesses for reaching a verdict in the case.