Indian media distorted info, says Ayaz Sadiq about his assertion


PML-N chief Sardar Ayaz Sadiq seen in a video message. — The News/Murtaza Ali ShahISLAMABAD: PML-N chief Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday lambasted the Indian media for “distorting” his feedback from a day earlier when he had alleged that the Pakistani authorities took the choice to launch Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman below stress.”The Indian media distorted my statement in the National Assembly yesterday,” Sadiq stated. “One thing is clear: Abhinandan did not come to Pakistan to distribute sweets.”He had attacked Pakistan,” the PML-N leader said, adding, however, that the decision made by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government to return the Indian pilot was “fully fallacious”.”The downing of Abhinandan’s airplane was a victory for Pakistan,” he said.Ayaz Sadiq also questioned PM Imran Khan’s motives behind delaying a meeting related to Abhinandan the day of his capture.”The prime minister, by means of Foreign Minister [Shah Mahmood Qureshi], had stated that Abhinandan must be handed over to India instantly. What was the rationale for a delay within the assembly?” Sadiq asked.”Was he taking dictation from Modi? Did he not take into account it applicable to share with us [the reason for a delay]?” Ayaz Sadiq inquired.Abhinandan, following the meeting, was let go by Pakistan as a “peace gesture” towards its east-side neighbour.Controversy over Kulbhushan, AbhinandanSenior PML-N parliamentarians had on Wednesday accused the government of taking the decision to release the IAF pilot under pressure, saying Qureshi had “begged the Opposition to launch Abhinandan; in any other case, India would assault Pakistan at 9pm”.Qureshi “was current within the assembly, which Imran Khan had refused to attend”, the former NA speaker said. “India by no means attacked Pakistan however the authorities nonetheless handed over Abhinandan to the Indian authorities.”Ayaz Sadiq also said it was the PTI government — and not the Opposition — that had passed an ordinance to “facilitate” Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.’For political gains’Hitting back at the PML-N leader, Qureshi regretted how “accountable individuals are making irresponsible statements”.The foreign minister said he had not expected the former NA speaker to say Pakistan let go Abhinandan under pressure and that his comments were “opposite to the reality”.He explained that in the meeting, the government had taken all parliamentary leaders into confidence regarding the intelligence reports it had received but made no mention of the captured Indian pilot. “Highly irresponsible statements are being issued for political features,” he lamented.Qureshi also slammed the Opposition for its stance on Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, saying: “These individuals are deceptive the nation on the problems of Kulbhushan and Abhinandan.”