Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Monday (Nov.5) while Speaking about the recent country-wide protests against Supreme Court’s verdict of Asia Bibi’s acquittal, said that “The protesters were damaging property in the name of Islam, but had no moral standing.” “Those who were spreading hate in the name of religion have nothing to do with it,” he added.
He further said, “The protesters did not leave a child fruit vendor nor a poor rickshaw driver. Women were disrespected and vehicles were set on fire. They stole bananas from a child and you can judge their moral standing from that.”
Regarding the agreement between Protesters’ chief and government said that “There were two ways to deal with the protesters.” “If we sent forces then it would have been said that the government transgressed. We had to make the situation across the country return to normal and should be credited for resolving the issue wisely,” the information minister further said. “We want to resolve issues and will have to end sit-ins as it is not acceptable that two to three thousand people shutdown a city,” he added.
Further, Chaudhry said, “Prime Minster Imran Khan truly loves Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and has never even worn shoes while landing in Medina. He does not need a certificate from anyone.” Stating that “the state of Medina is our model”, the information minister said, “We will give all citizens, including minorities, their rights.”
Earlier the government has launched a crackdown against rioters, who damage the public property during protest. Speaking about social media, the information minister said, “Facebook cooperated with us but we are facing issues with Twitter. We do not want to ban social media but they should cooperate on matters of religious hate.”
Speaking about Pakistan’s space mission, the information minister said, “There are some politicians who are creating chaos on ground and should be sent to space.” “I will ask SUPARCO to ensure that once these politicians go to space, they cannot return,” he added. Further, Chaudhry said, “We do not have any big fight with opposition parties.” “Our only point of contention is that the opposition wants NRO and we cannot give that.”
He continued, “The opposition wants that corruption cases against them should not be taken forward and the All Parties Conference (APC) is also taking place for this reason. But this is Pakistan’s money and has to be returned.” “Nobody should expect us to stop or back-off from the cases,” Chaudhry asserted.
“In the past, accountability was used for politics. However, the current government is not using accountability as a political means on any level,” he added. “PM Imran is a leader who needs no favours. He will not even take one rupee and neither will his children,” the information minister said.
Commenting on PM Imran’s visit to China the information minister said, “China has always stood by Pakistan.” “The premier’s trip was given a lot of importance and just like his Saudi Arabia visit, this trip was also successful,” he added. “We praise China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at home and even did in China,” he added. He added , “Relations are between countries not leaders and Pakistan has great relations with China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.”
“Prime Minister Imran Khan is playing a historic role in the Middle East crisis,” he added. “The country should be proud that they got a great leader in the form of PM Imran,” the information minister said. “After several years, Pakistan has got a leader in which the Islamic countries have confidence in.” “The Islamic countries are turning towards PM Imran to resolve their issues,” he added.
“Talks on Yemen have moved forward and we have included stakeholders. A strong plan of action will come forward on the matter and resolving the Muslim Ummah’s conflicts is a key part of our foreign policy,” the information minister said.
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18 August, 2019