Opposition lambastes PM Imran for calling Osama 'martyr'
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: PML-N senior leader Khawaja Asif on Friday lambasted Prime Minister Imran Khan over his speech in the National Assembly in which the premier referred to slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden as "martyr".
"Imran Khan called Osama bin Laden shaheed(martyr). Bin Laden brought terrorism to our land, he was a terrorist through and through and he [premier] calls him shaheed?" said Asif.
Reacting to the prime minister's speech, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said that Imran's remarks were consistent with "his history of appeasement to violent extremism".
Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, the spokesperson for the PPP chairman, also released a statement in which he called Imran a "national security threat" because of his remarks. PPP Senator Sherry Rehman said that Pakistan was still a victim of terrorist attacks due to Osama Bin Laden.
"Because of him the country is in such a state and you are presenting him as a hero on the assembly floor?" She added that Imran's words will go down in history. "Remember that Osama Bin Laden can be the PM's hero but not the nation's. He was and will remain a criminal of the state and the people."
Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces who raided his compound in Abbottabad in Pakistan in 2011.