Islamabad: Pakistan Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has expressed that PM Imran Khan had a “slip of the tongue ” when he called previous al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden a martyr.
While communicating to Geo News, Chaudhry stated that Pakistan considers Osama Bin Laden a terrorist and al-Qaeda as a terrorist organisation.
In June previous year, during an instruction to the National Assembly, the Prime Minister had remembered how the Americans had performed an operation in Abbottabad and “killed Osama Bin Laden — martyred him”.
A viral video clip displayed how Imran Khan grumbled at the United States for how Laden had been murdered in Abbottabad. Khan said, “shaheed kar diya”.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, newly, in an interview with TOLO News, asserted that Khan’s comments were taken “out of vocabulary”.
“He [PM Imran Khan] was not correctly reported. And, uh, you know, a particular portion of the media exaggerated,” he added.
“I will ignore this,” said Qureshi, after a short pause, when he was inquired whether he disagreed that bin Laden was a martyr.
Imran Khan was on the receiving end of global reprimand for his sayings calling bin Laden a ”martyr”.
Osama bin Laden was the head of the global terror group Al Qaeda and the brain behind the 9/11 terror strike on the United States in 2001.
Osama bin Laden was murdered in a military operation by US Navy Seals in 2011 at the garrison town Abbottabad. He was alleged of engineering a number of terror strikes nationwide, significantly aiming the American installations including the 9/11 incident of 2001 when close to 3,000 individuals died when five planes were hijacked to target American cities.