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02 December 2023

Pakistan fires national security adviser amid India tensions

Pakistan National Security Advisor Mahmud Ali Durrani (AFP)


Pakistan has fired the national security adviser hours after Indian media quoted him as saying the surviving Mumbai attacker was Pakistani, a sign of the strain on the weak civilian administration as it tries to respond to heated Indian allegations over the deadly assault.

The premier’s spokesman, Imran Gardaizi said Mahmood Ali Durrani was fired Wednesday because “he gave media interviews on national security issues without consulting the prime minister”.

The decision was an odd turn of events because other Pakistani officials, including the Foreign Ministry spokesman and the information minister, confirmed Ajmal Kasab’s nationality the same day to domestic and international media outlets.