LAHORE: The Jamaat-e-Islami on Monday formally responded to ISPR’s statement over its chief Syed Munawar Hassan’s controversial remarks, saying that Pakistan army is not entitled to directly involve in political affairs, media reported.
Speaking to reporters here after a meeting of JI Shura (supreme council), Liaqat Baloch said that his party has always rendered sacrifices to safeguard ideological as well as geographical boundaries of the country and has always acknowledged Pak Army’s sacrifices of military martyrs.
In his remarks he issued in a TV talkshow last week, the JI chief had declared the killing of ruthless Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in missile strike as ‘martyrdom’, stating that Pakistan army soldiers who have rendered sacrifices in the ongoing fight could not be called ‘martyrs’ for their cooperation with the US.
The statement drew strong ire of the army which asked him to tender unconditional apology. Various political parties, including the PPP, ANP and ANP, condemned the JI’s remarks urging him to take his words back.
ISPR in a statement condemned the remarks as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘misleading’, saying that declaring the dead terrorists as shaheeds is insult of the shahadat of thousands of innocent Pakistanis and soldiers of Pakistan’s armed forces.