Former National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq has defended his statements that he stands by his stance.
The PML-N leader said while talking about the recent speech that he had “many secrets” but never made irresponsible statements.
He talked to media in Lahore alongside Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, head of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), and chief of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). He said that “political color” given to his statement did not benefit Pakistan’s narrative.
“We can have different thoughts politically but where Pakistan is concerned, the whole nation is united and God willing, will give a splendid answer to India. People may have objections to what I said but the political color given to it did not benefit Pakistan’s narrative,”
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He added, “This selected government tried to support the unsuccessful narrative that was being created in India.” He added that the opposition had “strong reservations” about the government on what he termed its silence on Kashmir and its foreign policy failures.
“But these are political differences. Their attempt to associate my statement with the armed forces of Pakistan was not a service to the country. My statement can be seen and heard in which I talked about this government, which government officials misread by adopting Indian media’s strategies. This is not only a blatant plot against Pakistan but is a disservice to Pakistan,”
Moreover, Sadiq added, “You (the government) have played in the hands of Indian media and you have not done justice to Pakistan. I am standing by my stance and you will see in the future, I have many secrets. I had been heading the National Security Committee.”
“I want to say about this inefficient government, you can fight any political battles you want but political parties will only agree with you when it comes to Pakistan. I request you to keep the armed forces out of this fight.”
In addition to this, he also spoke about the posters in Lahore, calling him a ‘traitor’. Sadiq said that such posters were not serving Pakistan.
He mentioned that”we are political people” and have been making statements against political opponents in the past and would continue to do so in the future. “But at one point, when it comes to Pakistan or the matter of our unity or institutions, Pakistan’s message to India is very clear.
“We, the Pakistani nation are one. We have political differences with the government but we are united in the matter of India,” he said and requested the media to not “blow up” the matter.
However, Sadiq was asked if he would apologize. He said that he has “not said anything [for which to apologize]” and he has already issued a clarification.