PM Imran Khan did not call Osama bin Laden a martyr, clarifies special assistant

Footage of Prime Minister Imran Khan calling slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden a martyr has gone viral, especially in India where their official propaganda machine has gone into an overdrive to malign Pakistan. However, the premier merely misspoke as has been clarified by his spokesperson. Special assistant to PM, Dr Shahbaz Gill denounced an “unwarranted attempt” to create a controversy.

“I will never forget how we Pakistanis were embarrassed when the Americans came into Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden, martyred him,” PM Imran said in his speech while recounting the lows of the relationship between Islamabad and Washington.

The segment of the speech soon went viral in India, which is always on the lookout for an opportunity to malign Pakistan, and was shown as supposed proof that Pakistan supported the terror group.

Leaders from opposing parties also took up the premier’s remarks and accused him of ‘appeasing violent extremism’. Premier Imran’s stance on Bin Laden has been consistent and clear as it evident from his previous interviews.

Source: Express Tribune