Defence Minister Khawaja Asif Denounced The Accusations Made By Canadian Lawmaker
In his Monday speech to the National Assembly, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif denounced the accusations made by Canadian lawmaker Tom Kmiec against Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and the military.
In a recent address on the Canadian parliament’s floor, Kmiec, a member of the Conservative Party, blamed COAS Bajwa of “toppling two administrations in Pakistan” and asserted that the military under his control was engaged in human rights abuses and had ties to terrorist organisations.
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Asif stated in his statement to the NA today that the Canadian government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appreciate Pakistan, but that “it is incumbent upon us to reply to those claims if their parliament member undermines our institution and state.”
According to Asif, the Canadian government should have paid attention to its own parliamentarian’s comments.
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PTI Government Was Overthrown Through Military Intervention
Asif responded to Kmiec’s claim that the PTI government was overthrown through military intervention by stating that the judiciary had also approved the constitutional process used to do so.
He attributed Kmiec’s claim to “Islamophobia” and told the House that Pakistan had brought up the matter diplomatically.
Asif continued, “I think the Canadian politician doesn’t speak for his nation or people, but if there is any such speech, there will be a response to it.”
Defence Minister Warned That Similar Voices
Due to the hostility spread by former prime minister Imran Khan, the defence minister warned that similar voices were also being raised in the US and the UK.
He held Imran accountable for Kmiec’s criticism of the army chief and charged him with “polarising” Pakistanis living abroad for political ends.
Asif charged Imran with “damaging” Pakistani culture both at home and abroad. “Time will reveal how he tore the country apart and made us regress.”
He advised Pakistanis living abroad to refrain from “spreading animosity” against the nation because of their own “political liking and disliking.”