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PM distances himself from Safdar’s diatribe

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday distanced himself from MNA Muhammad Safdar’s diatribe by disowning the statements made by him on the floor of the National Assembly against the Ahmadiyya community.

“No one even me or Nawaz Sharif or the party is responsible for his views”, Abbasi said while talking to the media, adding that “He should not have said what he said. No one in the party would agree with him.”

“Being a parliamentary leader I will take up this issue with him,” he maintained.

Abbasi, however, rejected the notion that Capt Safdar’s remarks fell into the category of hate speech. “What he said was apparently in the flow of emotions.”

“We should stay away from such statements which create unrest in the society,” said Abbasi, while agreeing that being a son-in-law of Nawaz Sharif he should have behaved more responsibly.

PPP Senator Aitzaz Ahsan denounced the diatribe of PML-N leader Captain Safdar at Ahmadis and said it was an attempt to target the army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in cover of such incendiary issues.

Talking to media outside the Parliament House, he said that Safdar apparently pointed out army chief in his speech and it was condemnable.

Aitzaz said that army chief was fighting against the enemies of Islam, however Safdar was assailing him.

“Their children are studying in a Christian country. They themselves get refuge in London. But they want us to start a confrontation with our own minorities,” he added.

Commenting on the appointment of new chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), he said that he has not any expectations from new NAB Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, however if he would perform his duty by considering it, as chairman NAB, last innings he could have fulfill the expectations.

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday condemned hate speech by PML-N MNA Captain Safdar against minorities in the National Assembly (NA).

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, who is on a visit to the US, took to Twitter to condemn the PML-N legislators statements saying it was tragic to see hate speech against minorities in the National Assembly.

“We believe in inclusive Pakistan. Pakistan respects all minorities,” the minister added.