by Nayab T.
Saturday, July 04, 2020 at 05:37 PM
The opposition came hard on Prime Minister Imran Khan for referring to Osama bin Laden as a “martyr (Shaheed)”
Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Parliamentary leader of the PML-N Khwaja Asif while responding to the speech of Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly
"Imran Khan called Osama bin Laden shaheed. Bin Laden brought terrorism to our lands, he was a terrorist through and through and he [premier] calls him shaheed?\" said Asif during the National Assembly session.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, while addressing the National Assembly session, said that Prime Minister Imran Khan glorified the status of Osama Bin Ladin, an internationally acclaimed criminal, to the rank of a shaheed (martyr).
Bilawal Bhutto recounted the number of Pakistani soldiers and children that have been murdered by Osama Bin Ladin. “From the assassination of Benazir Bhutto to the 1993 attacks by Ramzi Yousuf, Osama Bin Ladin has been behind these crimes aligned with Al-Qaeda,” he said.
He also pointed out that Imran Khan never refers to Benazir Bhutto by the title of Shaheed, even though she lost her life while fighting terrorism in Pakistan, but he calls a terrorist shaheed.
In a late-night tweet, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill defended Prime Minister Imran, saying he had twice used the word “killed” for bin Laden (in addition to martyred).
"By labelling Osama bin Laden a martyr, Imran Khan has become a national security threat. If he is a martyr, then what is the status of those civilians and members of our armed forces who embraced martyrdom in the attacks by Al Qaeda?
"Thousands of civilians and youth were martyred in attacks by Al Qaeda," he said.
Separately, PPP Senator Sherry Rehman said that Pakistan was still a victim of terrorist attacks due to Osama Bin Laden.
"Because of him the country is in such a state and you are presenting him as a hero on the assembly floor?"
She added that Imran's words will go down in history."Remember that Osama Bin Laden can be the PM's hero but not the nation's. He was and will remain a criminal of the state and the people."
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