Anti-army narrative not acceptable: Gill

Our Correspondent

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Political Communication Dr Shehbaz Gill has said that any anti-army narrative is unacceptable for the patriotic people of Pakistan.

Talking to the media during his visit here on Saturday, he said all political parties, excluding few disgruntled elements, acknowledge the unprecedented sacrifices, offered by the country’s valiant forces.

He condemned the recent statement of Maulana Fazlur Rehman against the Pak Army and said that during September, when everyone pays tribute to the gallantry of our forces, Fazlur Rehman criticised the Pak Army.

He said Maulana Fazl had been upset due to his successive defeats and was trying to get cheap popularity by criticising the army.

He said the Maulana committed corruption in the past and purchased flats in Dubai with the plundered money.

He had a house on 5 acres in Dera Ismail Khan, one house in Shorkot, and flats and shops in Karachi and Quetta, as well as plots in Islamabad. Similarly, he purchased property worth Rs 3 billion in Chak Shehzad Islamabad.

Gill said that Maulana Fazlur Rehman had been involved in diesel scam during Benazir Bhutto government.

Now, instead of apologising to the nation over his loot and plunder, he was criticising the army, which was defender of the country. He advised the Maulana to stay within his limits and avoid criticising the army.

Rejecting the allegation of army support to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), he said if it was so, the party would not have needed support of any political allies.

He said that the statement of Maulana Fazlur Rehman was on record that during 2007 he met the US ambassador and assured him of his full support and cooperation if he was provided support to become prime minister of Pakistan. Similarly, in 2011, he wished to have a meeting with the American ambassador outside Pakistan.

He said that Fazlur Rehman was in the habit of political bargaining. He succeeded in getting ministries with only few seats in the past, but Prime Minister Imran Khan totally rejected him being an unreliable person.

Responding to a question, he said that the PTI government had no link with Maulana Fazlur Rehman nor it offered any deal to him.

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