Prime Minister Imran Khan came under fire after his tongue slip regarding, Germany and Japan border, but on the same day opposition added fuel to fire by highlighting the PM Khan’s statement that “Pakistani soil being used by terrorists”. After PM Imran’s remarks gone viral, a spokesperson from the Prime Minister House on Wednesday (April 24) gave clarification of the statement and said PM’s statements was taken out of context.
“There has been a lot of debate about PM’s statement on the use of Pakistan soil. The statement has been largely taken out of context. PM Imran Khan was talking about non-state actors using Pakistani soil under foreign influence to carry out activities in Pakistan or coordinating from Pakistan,” the spokesperson clarified following criticism by some politicians from the opposition over the premier’s remarks.
“Case in point is Kulbhushan Jadhav/alike and local facilitators. In the same manner, Pakistan is attacked using soil of Iran and Afghanistan. The same was clearly stated by the PM during his visit to Iran while referring to the latest incident in Balochistan. This is why the PM is making all out efforts for peace across whole region. “PM’s statement being linked to any other context is an effort to misinterpret the expression which doesn’t serve Pakistan in any way,” the spokesperson added.
Earlier Imran Khan during his maiden official visit to Iran said “We have been facing [impact] of terrorism since long. In Pakistan, we have suffered more terrorism than probably any other country. In the past [few years] we have lost around 70,000 people. Full appreciation must be made for our security agencies, with the way they tackled terrorism in Pakistan”. “We are committed to not let it happen again. We will not allow any militant group to operate from our soil. We will not allow our soil to be used by anyone against anyone,” he had added.
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27 September, 2019