ISLAMABAD: PML-N chief Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday lambasted the Indian media for “distorting” his feedback from a day earlier when he had alleged that the Pakistani authorities took the choice to launch Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman below strain.
“The Indian media distorted my statement in the National Assembly yesterday,” Sadiq mentioned. “One factor is evident: Abhinandan didn’t come to Pakistan to distribute sweets.
“He had attacked Pakistan,” the PML-N chief mentioned, including, nevertheless, that the choice made by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s authorities to return the Indian pilot was “completely wrong”.
“The downing of Abhinandan’s plane was a victory for Pakistan,” he mentioned.
Ayaz Sadiq additionally questioned PM Imran Khan’s motives behind delaying a gathering associated to Abhinandan the day of his seize.
“The prime minister, through Foreign Minister [Shah Mahmood Qureshi], had said that Abhinandan should be handed over to India immediately. What was the reason for a delay in the meeting?” Sadiq requested.
“Was he taking dictation from Modi? Did he not consider it appropriate to share with us [the reason for a delay]?” Ayaz Sadiq inquired.
Abhinandan, following the assembly, was let go by Pakistan as a “peace gesture” in direction of its east-side neighbour.
Controversy over Kulbhushan, Abhinandan
Senior PML-N parliamentarians had on Wednesday accused the federal government of taking the choice to launch the IAF pilot below strain, saying Qureshi had “begged the Opposition to release Abhinandan; otherwise, India would attack Pakistan at 9pm”.
Qureshi “was present in the meeting, which Imran Khan had refused to attend”, the previous NA speaker mentioned. “India never attacked Pakistan but the government nonetheless handed over Abhinandan to the Indian authorities.”
Ayaz Sadiq additionally mentioned it was the PTI authorities — and never the Opposition — that had handed an ordinance to “facilitate” Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.
‘For political features’
Hitting again on the PML-N chief, Qureshi regretted how “responsible people are making irresponsible statements”.
The overseas minister mentioned he had not anticipated the previous NA speaker to say Pakistan let go Abhinandan below strain and that his feedback had been “contrary to the truth”.
He defined that within the assembly, the federal government had taken all parliamentary leaders into confidence relating to the intelligence reviews it had obtained however made no point out of the captured Indian pilot. “Highly irresponsible statements are being issued for political gains,” he lamented.
Qureshi additionally slammed the Opposition for its stance on Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, saying: “These individuals are deceptive the nation on the problems of Kulbhushan and Abhinandan.”