Imran Khan calling Al Qaeda leader Osama martyr is a slip of tongue: Pakistan minister

Pakistan Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan calling slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden a "martyr" last year was a "slip of (the) tongue"

Jun 28, 2021
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Imran Khan - Al Qaeda leader Osama martyr

Pakistan Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan calling slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden a "martyr" last year was a "slip of (the) tongue".

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during a speech in Parliament in June 2020 had said, "The Americans came to Abbottabad and killed, martyred Osama bin Laden. What happened after that? The entire world cursed at us and spoke ill of us."

Chaudhry tried to play down the prime minister’s remarks saying Pakistan's stance on terror has remained clear and it had even voted in favor of Al Qaeda being listed on the terrorist list at the United Nations. The Minister claimed that Pakistan follows international law.

"It was a slip of (the) tongue. He had clarified it," Chaudhry said as quoted by Geo News.

Khan had received flak from various quarters for using an honorable term for the dreaded terrorist.

Opposition parties had also lambasted the cricketer-turned-politician for his remarks.

Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had said that the prime minister's choice of words was consistent with "his history of appeasement to violent extremism", IBNS reported 
(SAM)

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