Qureshi dismisses Ayaz Sadiq’s assertion on Abhinandan

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Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and PML-N chief Ayaz Sadiq. Photo: FileForeign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday dismissed PML-N chief Ayaz Sadiq’s assertion over the circumstances during which Indian pilot Abhinandan was launched, saying that “responsible people are making irresponsible statements.”Qureshi mentioned he had not anticipated the previous National Assembly speaker (Sadiq) to say that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was let go by Pakistan underneath stress, including that the feedback made by him have been “contrary to the truth”.He mentioned the federal government had taken all parliamentary leaders into confidence relating to the intelligence reviews it had obtained, however the captured Indian pilot was not talked about in that assembly.“Highly irresponsible statements are being issued for political gains; responsible people are talking irresponsibly, which is surprising,” the international minister mentioned.Qureshi additionally slammed the Opposition for its stance on Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav, advising them to learn the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) relating to the case in addition to Pakistan’s stance on the matter.The Opposition has tried to create controversy over an ordinance handed by the federal government so as to adjust to the ICJ’s ruling within the Kulbhushan case, describing it as a move to provide the Indian spy amnesty.The international minister mentioned that Pakistan merely didn’t need to give India one other alternative to take the nation to the ICJ.“These people are misleading the nation on the issues of Kulbhushan and Abhinandan,” mentioned the international minister.He added that the discharge of the captured Indian pilot was being made controversial with none cause and easily for political functions.Controversy over Kulbhushan, AbhinandanThe international minister was reacting to statements made by senior PML-N parliamentarians on the ground of the National Assembly on Wednesday.Two senior PML-N lawmakers had shared particulars of a gathering throughout which the discharge of Indian pilot Abhinandan had been agreed upon, alleging that the federal government took the choice underneath stress.“Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was present in the meeting, which Imran Khan had refused to attend,” former speaker Ayaz Sadiq mentioned. He mentioned it was Shah Mehmood Qureshi who had “begged the opposition to release Abhinandan, otherwise, India would attack Pakistan at 9:00pm”.“India never attacked Pakistan, but the government nonetheless handed over Abhinandan to Indian authorities,” he mentioned.Ayaz Sadiq additionally mentioned it was not the Opposition, however the PTI authorities which handed an ordinance to “facilitate” Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.Separately, PTI’s Ali Muhammad Khan identified that Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif, PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and JUI-F leaders had been current on the assembly and supported the discharge of the Indian pilot.Admitting that the PML-N and PPP had additionally supported the discharge of Abhinandan, PML-N chief Khawaja Asif mentioned that General Bajwa had given a briefing to the assembly and expressed the hope that India would take the discharge of Abhinandan as a optimistic gesture.“You might have released Abhinandan to ease tensions between the two countries, but I want to ask as to what has been the outcome of what you invested into this step,” he mentioned.Khawaja Asif additional alleged that the PTI authorities was following a coverage of appeasing India. He mentioned that historical past wouldn’t forgive the incumbent rulers for exhibiting disloyalty to the folks of Kashmir.Capture of Indian pilot AbhinandanIn February 2019, Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG-21 aircraft was shot down by Pakistan Air Force in an aerial dogfight over Azad Jammu Kashmir.The aerial battle had almost introduced nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of a brand new conflict.After his seize, the Pakistani navy had launched video exhibiting him sipping a cup of tea and politely refusing to reply questions.He was launched after a 60-hour detention interval as a peace gesture from Pakistan aimed toward defusing tensions.