Federal Info Minister Fawad Chaudhry clarified that Prime Minister Imran Khan made a “slip of the tongue when he referred to as slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden a martyr. Chaudhry, talking to anchor Saleem Safi on the Geo Information present Jirga, mentioned Pakistan considers Osama Bin Laden a militant and the al-Qaeda, a terrorist outfit.
Pakistan has voted within the UN on the Battle on Terror [against militants], we’re a voter on a [UN] record that declared Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda terrorists,” he mentioned. Pakistan has sacrificed essentially the most within the conflict towards terrorism,” Chaudhry added.
Final June, throughout an deal with to the Nationwide Meeting, the prime minister had recalled how the People had performed an operation in Abbottabad and “killed Osama Bin Laden — martyred him. International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, most not too long ago, in an interview with TOLO Information journalist Lotfullah Najafizada, was requested to touch upon the prime minister’s remarks in parliament.
He mentioned that the remarks had been taken out of context.He [PM Imran Khan] was quoted out of context. And, uh, you recognize, a selected part of the media performed it up,” he added. Is he a martyr? You disagree? Osama bin Laden?” requested Najafizada. I’ll let that cross,” responded Qureshi, after a short pause.
When requested to touch upon why the international minister hesitated in answering a query on the premier’s assertion on bin Laden, the knowledge minister mentioned Qureshi might have wished to place the problem behind him and transfer ahead.