Nawaz Sharif, tipped to be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan after the May 11 elections, has assured India of a thorough probe into the role of the ISI in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar in a Devil's Advocate special from Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif also said the findings of the Kargil probe will be shared with India if he came to power. Following is an excerpt from the interview:
Karan Thapar: David Headley who gave evidence in America, in an 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 to Headley, how the ISI provided naval divers, how the ISI gave financial, military and naval support. If you become the 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 some time ago and lately there has 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 names 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 the 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.