Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday obtained sharp criticism from the opposition members within the National Assembly for terming former Al-Qaeda head Osama Bin Laden as a “martyr”.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology defending the premier’s feedback over OBL stated it was a “clear slip of the tongue”.
PML-N stalwart Khwaja Asif, condemning the premier’s speech, stated OBL was “a terrorist to the very end, who brought terrorism into Pakistan”.
“Zia-ul-Haq brought him and you have declared him as a martyr. I don’t know how many daddies you have served,” the previous international minister stated.
Commenting additional on the prime minister’s speech, Asif stated: “This speech was made at the behest of someone and its tone was also such.”
Meanwhile, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, in a Twitter put up later within the day, stated that the prime minister’s move “is consistent with his history of appeasement to violent extremism”.
Bilawal stated that it’s through the incumbent authorities’s tenure that “those involved in APS attack ‘escaped’ and those involved in Daniel Pearl’s murder get relief”.
“Running with the hare and hunting with the hounds,” he concluded by saying.
The get together’s spokesperson, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar stated that with the comment, the prime minister had turn out to be “a security threat”.
“He has proved himself to be Taliban Khan (as he is called by his rivals). If Osama Bin Laden is a martyr then what does that make those youth and civilians martyred in Al-Qaeda attacks?”
Khokhar, additional censuring the premier, questioned what lesson he needs to impart for the youth of the nation. “His ties to the Taliban have been visible in rallies as well,” he stated.
“These are the same people who sought to open [the outfit’s] offices in Pakistan.”
Former finance minister Ishaq Dar stated that the prime minister, in his go to to America final 12 months, had proudly stated that OBL was killed with help from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and right this moment “bestowed him the status of a martyr”.
“Only Mr Niazi knows what he meant and what his motive behind it was,” Dar stated.
Meanwhile, Minister for Information Shibli Faraz, responding to the critics, stated that the premier had spoken “on behalf of a large section of Muslims”.
“But these patwaris (slang for corrupt people/supporters of PML-N) have an issue with this too.”
The premier’s aide on political communication, Shahbaz Gill additionally defended the premier, saying that he had “twice used the word killed during his speech”.
“Some people are stirring up controversy to further their own agenda,” the aide stated.
“There is no ambiguity in the prime minister’s and Pakistan’s resolve to root out terrorism. Our track record in the fight against terrorism is exceptional,” Gill added.
Voicing his help for the prime minister, JUI-F’s Mufti Kifayatullah stated that he praises the premier for his “acknowledgment that OBL is a martyr”.
“When Pakistani media along with the global media were refraining from calling him a martyr, we announced that he was a martyr in the parliament and on international forums.”