NANKANA SAHAB: Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmed Shah said on Saturday that the federal government has received several requests for charges against former National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq under Article 6 of the Constitution.
Shah said at a ceremony held in Nankana Sahab that petitions received in Islamabad and Lahore have been sent for legal review.
The day before the Shah’s statement, the Minister of Information Shibli Faraz hinted to take legal action against the PML-N leader’s controversial claims regarding the release of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
Shah said: “Ayaz Sadiq passed the false statement about Indian pilot Abhinandan and the chief of the army.”
When attacking the opposition party, the Minister of the Interior said that he dismissed the allegations against the Pakistani army “from abroad” and vowed that all this was to ensure the wealth looted by the opposition.
Abinandan released under pressure
Two senior PML-N lawmakers earlier accused the PTI-led government of having decided to release Indian pilot Abhinandan under pressure.
Ayaz Sadiq said in Parliament on Wednesday: “The Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmoud Qureshi attended the meeting and Imran Khan refused to attend.” He added that Qureshi “ Ask the opposition to release Abinandan, otherwise India will attack Pakistan on the 9th: 00pm”.
Sadik once said: “India has never attacked Pakistan, but the government still handed over Abinandan to the Indian authorities.”
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These comments caused an uproar in the Indian media, because in Sadik’s statement, he seized the channel, published in the publication, distorted part of the content, and portrayed India to some extent over Pakistan. To ensure that the downed pilot is released.
Reaction to Ayaz Sadiq statement
After Sadik made his comments, he responded quickly in Pakistan.
Major General Babar Ifticar, Director-General of Inter-Service Public Relations, said on Thursday that it was “very regrettable” to regard the decision to release Abinandan as “a mature response from a responsible country.”
Shortly before the DG ISPR press conference, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi once stated that the comments made by the former NATO spokesperson were “contrary to the facts” and regretted that “responsible persons made irresponsible statements”.
“It is really surprising that the responsible people are speaking irresponsibly to make highly irresponsible statements for political gain.” “These people misled the country on the issue of Kulbu Shanshan and Abinandan. .”
Clarification by Ayaz Sadiq
Sadik defended himself and criticized the Indian media for “distorting” his remarks. The PML-N leader said: “One thing is clear: Abinandan did not come to Pakistan to distribute sweets; he attacked Pakistan.”
However, in the targeted attack on Prime Minister Imran Khan, Sadik also asked whether the decision to release Abinandan was an “order” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The time to apologize has passed
On Friday, Shibli Faraz hinted that the legal action against the former National Assembly speaker was accusing the current government of exerting pressure on India.
He wrote in a tweet: “What Ayaz Sadiq said is inexcusable.” “Now the law will continue.”
Faraz asserted that “weakening the country” is an “unforgivable crime” and promised to punish Sadik and his followers.
NANKANA SAHAB: The federal government has received several requests seeking charges under Article 6 of the Constitution against former National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq, Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmed Shah said on Saturday.
Addressing a ceremony in Nankana Sahab, Shah said the petitions, received in Islamabad and Lahore, have been sent for legal review.
Shah’s statement comes a day after Information Minister Shibli Faraz hinted at legal action against the PML-N leader over his controversial claims regarding the circumstances surrounding the release of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
“Ayaz Sadiq has passed a very wrong statement about Indian pilot Abhinandan and the army chief,” Shah said.
Slamming the opposition party, the interior minister said he dismissed the allegations leveled against the Pakistan Army “from abroad”, and swore that all this was an attempt to secure the Opposition’s looted wealth.
‘Abhinandan freed under pressure’
Two senior PML-N lawmakers had earlier accused the PTI-led government of taking the decision to release Indian pilot Abhinandan under pressure.
“Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was present in the meeting, which Imran Khan had refused to attend,” Ayaz Sadiq had said in parliament on Wednesday, adding that Qureshi had “begged the Opposition to release Abhinandan or else India would attack Pakistan at 9:00pm”.
“India never attacked Pakistan but the government nonetheless handed over Abhinandan to Indian authorities,” Sadiq had said.
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The comments had kicked off a furore in Indian media, as channel upon channel and publication upon publication seized on Sadiq’s statement, misrepresented parts of it, and painted the picture that India had somehow prevailed over Pakistan in securing the downed pilot’s release.
Reaction to Ayaz Sadiq’s statement
The reaction that followed Sadiq’s comments in Pakistan was swift.
Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar on Thursday said viewing the decision to release Abhinandan as anything other than “the mature response of a responsible state” is “highly regrettable”.
A little while before the DG ISPR’s press conference, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said the former NA speaker’s comments were “contrary to the truth” and regretted that “responsible people are making irresponsible statements”.
“Highly irresponsible statements are being issued for political gains; responsible people are talking irresponsibly, which is surprising,” the foreign minister said. “These people are misleading the nation on the issues of Kulbhushan and Abhinandan.”
Ayaz Sadiq’s clarification
In his defence, Sadiq lambasted the Indian media for “distorting” his comments. “One thing is clear: Abhinandan did not come to Pakistan to distribute sweets; he had attacked Pakistan,” the PML-N leader said.
However, Sadiq, in a pointed attack directed at Prime Minister Imran Khan, also asked if the decision to release Abhinandan was made “on dictation” from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
‘Time for apology over’
On Friday, Shibli Faraz had hinted at legal action against the former National Assembly speaker for accusing the incumbent government of caving to Indian pressure.
“What Ayaz Sadiq said is not forgivable,” he wrote in a tweet. “Now the law will take its course.”
Faraz asserted that “weakening the state” is an “unpardonable offense”, and promised that Sadiq and his followers would be punished for it.