ISLAMABAD (News10) – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz on Thursday while hitting out at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq said that his statement regarding Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was to please the enemy.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday, he said that our brave Shaheens had shot down two Indian Air Force jets, adding that India held its non-availability of Rafale jets accountable for the defeat.
Launching a tirade against the opposition, the minister said that they [opposition] were only trying to disrupt the entire system for personal gains, adding that the opposition wants to spread chaos in the country.
“The opposition want to benefit their leader who are facing serious corruption charges,” he said.
Addressing the PML-N leader Ayaz Sadiq, Shibli Faraz said that you are turning the victory of our country into defeat, adding that who are you to do this. “It seems that they [opposition] want to embarrass Pakistan on the world stage and also trying to divide the army,” he added.
He said that asked him to tender apology in the Parliament or get ready to face the legal action.
“All other things are secondary and the national interest is supreme at this point of time,” he said and added we will not put Ayaz Sadiq’s statement, which has pleased India, on back-burner.”
The minister said the PML-N leader would have to extend apology to the nation in the Parliament for causing harm to the national interest by making anti-state statement that appeased India. “For this, the public will hold him accountable,” he added.
The leadership of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), he said, should also seek apology from the nation, and condemn Ayaz and their own anti-state statements, made in public meetings or in the Parliament.
“Nothing less than this [apology] will be acceptable. It stands clear now that whosoever causes harm to national interest cannot be the well wisher of the state. It [anti-state remarks] is sheer violation of Article 19 of the Constitution, which does not permit any statement against the state.”