Pakistan lawmaker Ayaz Sadiq, who faced criticism from the Pakistan government and Army for revealing that Imran Khan-led govt had released Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman fearing an imminent attack from India, said he stands by his commentary, adding that he knows “many secrets” but never made irresponsible statements.
Speaking in the Pakistan National Meeting, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Sadiq had recounted the events of the February 2019 assembly all through a speech in the country’s National Meeting.
He had revealed why Imran Khan’s government determined to release Abhinandan Varthaman, saying Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa’s “legs were shaking” while Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told the assembly of parliamentary leaders that India used to be approximately to attack their country.
His commentary used to be heavily criticised by ruling party ministers and also prompted the Inter-Services and products Public Relations (ISPR) chief Major General Babar Iftikhar to hold a presser in which he sought to “right the record” regarding the events.
“But these are political differences. Their attempt to associate my commentary with the armed forces of Pakistan used to be not a service to the country,” Daybreak quoted Sadiq as saying.
“You (the government) have played into the hands of Indian media and you have got not done justice to Pakistan. I am standing by my stance and you’re going to see in future, I have many secrets. I had been heading the National Security Committee,” it added.
Information Minister Shibli Faraz has slammed PML-N leader Ayaz Sadiq for his remarks recalling the incident that led to the release of Abhinandan.
“The remarks by Ayaz Sadiq are beyond apology. Now the law will take its class lesson. Weakening the state is an unforgivable crime for which Ayaz Sadiq and his companions will have to be punished,” Faraz tweeted on Friday.
Wing Commander Varthaman came into the limelight after he shot down a Pakistani aircraft F-16, which had transgressed into the Indian airspace all through a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani air force on February 27, 2019 and in the process, his plane crossed over to the Pakistani side and used to be shot down.
Abhinandan used to be returned to India from the Attari-Wagah border on March 1, 2019. He has been awarded the Vir Chakra on Independence Day by President Ram Nath Kovind for his exemplary bravery.