Former Pakistan skipper and present Prime Minister of the country Imran Khan made a controversial comment on Thursday. While speaking at the national assembly, the PM said, Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was a ‘martyr’. The opposition parties of Pakistan made a scathing attack on Imran Khan. Some of them even said that the PM should have been much more responsible while making a statement at the national assembly.
Imran claimed that Pakistan fought hard to keep terrorism at bay. However, they have been humiliated in this regard. “The way we helped America in the ‘war on terror’ and the humiliation that my country had to face. I don’t think there has ever been any other country that supported the war on terror and had to face criticism from them. If they are not successful in Afghanistan, Pakistan is held responsible for that too. Openly,” PM Khan told the National Assembly as quoted by Hindustan Times.
PM Imran Khan also mentioned the fact that when the American army entered Abbottabad to finish Osama bin Laden, then Pakistan had no prior knowledge about it. Imran said, “One was when Americans killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. Shaheed kar diya (was martyred). But what happened after that. The entire world hurled abuses at us. Our ally (US) entered our country and killed someone without even telling us. It was a big humiliation.”
One of the most dreaded terrorist Osama bin Laden was killed by US Navy Seals in 2011 in Pakitan’s Abbottabad. Terming him as ‘martyr’ didn’t go down well with the opposition camp of Pakistan. “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,” Pakistan People Party’s Senator Sherry Rehman said as quoted by Hindustan Times. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz also criticized Imran Khan for his comment on Laden. Imran Khan is one of the best cricketers Pakistan has ever produced. He led Pakistan to the 1992 World Cup victory.