They also felt that the prospect of bilateral engagement became dim as the Pakistani military would not like to see any improvement in ties with India. "I am glad that women are playing an active role in making a new Pakistan", he said, remembering his late mother and crediting her for teaching him to "stand firm for the truth and justice".
Lalit Mansingh, who was foreign secretary from 1999-2000, too said political instability in Pakistan will further embolden the army and in such a scenario, it will more aggressively push terror activities against India.
Pakistan's ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has named Nawaz Sharif's younger brother Shahbaz as his successor, but he must first get himself elected to Parliament by contesting the seat left vacant by Sharif.
Khan also released a special video message earlier this year in which he had requested Mr Sharif to exempt the prize money from tax so that he could donate it among three charitable organizations of the country including Edhi Foundation.
Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday had disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers scandal after an investigative panel concluded his family's assets exceeded their income, effectively ousting him from office and barring him from electoral politics for at least five years. Following the attack, India had said talks with Pakistan can not take place unless it stops cross-border terrorism.
He added that Sharif should be immediately arrested and be given an exemplary punishment. "The debt is a national security risk for the country", he said. "If there is even a hint of corruption on me, it will be clearly visible".