New Delhi: A controversy erupted in Pakistan on Monday over an interview given by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to CNN-IBN. During the interview, Sharif assured India of a thorough probe into the role of the ISI in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and also said that the findings of the Kargil probe will be shared with India, if he came to power.
Sharif, tipped to be the next PM of Pakistan, made the statements during an interview to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate.
However, his remarks were slammed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) president Javed Hashmi for revealing sensitive information to India. Renowned cricketer Imran Khan is the party leader of PTI.
"Clearly he (Nawaz Sharif) has gained nothing from his repeated experience in power," Hashmi said, adding, "Do Indians ever give access to such information to any other country, especially Pakistan?"
Below is the excerpt from the interview:
Karan Thapar: David Headley who gave evidence in America, in a American court to American investigators, has given names like Major Sami Ali, Major Iqbal who he says are ISI officers. He's talked about how the ISI gave 25,000 dollars to Headley, how the ISI provided naval divers, how the ISI gave LeT financial, military and naval support. If you become Prime Minister, will you ensure that this sort of thing stops, that the ISI is no longer responsible for carrying out terror and that those people who have done it are also brought to book.
Nawaz Sharif: If he is given such a statement, I think we need to first verify the facts of the statement. I have read those statements, they appeared in the press sometime ago and lately there have been nothing on that issue. But some months ago I read that. But how far these statements are true will have to be seen.
Karan Thapar: So you will carry out a credible investigation?
Nawaz Sharif: I think such situations certainly need an investigation including the one which happened in Kargil. I think an inquiry commission will also be held on Kargil as well.
Karan Thapar: To check into not just General Musharraf but all the other four generals whose name came up at that time for being responsible for Kashmir, that will also happen.
Nawaz Sharif: Obviously. Obviously.
Karan Thapar: So you will bring out the full truth of Kargil.
Nawaz Sharif: I think commissions will have to bring out the full truth.
Karan Thapar: And will you share it with the Indian government?
Nawaz Sharif: I think it will be an open secret.