On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi once again refrained from calling former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden a terrorist.
Qureshi who was the special guest Geo News The program “Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Ke Saat” was once again asked why he, along with Prime Minister Imran Khan, is refraining from calling OBL a terrorist, or saying that he They are considered martyrs.
“Osama bin Laden is a thing of the past. I have nothing to do with the past. You are lost in the past. My focus is on the future,” he told the show’s host Khanzada.
Khanzada explained that he was seeking clarification because in the past, Pakistan had paid the price for confusion when it was said that there was a “dual policy with sympathy for terrorists”.
In response, Qureshi said, “I want to get you out of the past.” “My friend, I want to take you out of the past. And I tell you, you should think about the future. This future will affect Pakistan, its economy and society. We are very clear on that. “We are against terrorism,” he said.
He further said that the Prime Minister takes inspiration from the founder of the country, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Qureshi was also asked why Pakistan was making confusing statements when, in the context of the US Secretary of Defense’s two-year tenure, the use of Afghan territory against the United States by Davos or al-Qaeda, Such comments can annoy us.
He said: “No, no, no, no. We have a very clear explanation. We would never want the territory of Afghanistan or Pakistan to be used against a third country. Leave the United States alone, I will never. I don’t want it to be used against anyone. Our neighbors. Absolutely not. “
“We have a big explanation […] We do not and will never support terrorist organizations, nor do we want to gain the power or importance for them to be able to target the mainland, any other country, or any allied partner who Much has been done for Afghanistan.
“We have to admit one thing. The coalition there has invested a lot [in society]. They have billions of dollars, institutions have been established, education has been promoted, governance has been taught to them. Who would want that attack to come?
Last June, while addressing the National Assembly, the Prime Minister recalled how the Americans carried out an operation in Abbottabad and “killed Osama bin Laden – martyred him.”
Even before he became prime minister, when asked in an interview if he considered OBL a terrorist, the prime minister was reluctant to answer the question, saying he did not want to comment. ۔
In an interview with Qureshi, recently Tolo News Journalist Lutfullah Najafzada was asked to comment on the Prime Minister’s statement in Parliament.
He said the remarks were taken “out of context”.
“They [PM Imran Khan] References were made to the context. And, alas, you know, a certain section of the media did it.
“Is he a martyr? Don’t you agree? Osama bin Laden?” Asked Najafzada.
After a short pause, Qureshi replied, “I will let it pass.”
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