‘Too Late To Apologise’: Minister Shiblee Faraz Threatens Legal Action Against Ayaz Sadiq
Information Minister Shibli Faraz has said that the law will take its course against Pakistan Muslim League – N (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq and his acquaintances as weakening the state was an unforgivable crime. “Now it is too late for Ayaz Sadiq to apologise. The law will take its course. Weakening the state is an unforgivable crime for which Ayaz Sadiq and his acquaintances must be punished,” Shibli Faraz said in a tweet.
Earlier, the minister had asked Ayaz Sadiq to apologise for his comments about the return of Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan.
The former speaker of National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq came under criticism after his comments about the events that unfolded after the Pulwama attack in February, on the floor of National Assembly on Wednesday. Sadiq remarked that after the capture of Abhinandan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met opposition leaders. While sweating and shivering, Shah Mahmood Qureshi requested the opposition leaders to let Abhinandan be returned to India or India will attack Pakistan at 9 PM.
The remarks of Sadiq caused uproar on social media and frenzy on the Indian media. Later, Sadiq said that the Indian media had misquoted him, adding that his comments were misinterpreted. He also criticized the PM’s decision to return Abhinandan saying that he had not come to Pakistan to distribute sweets.
Ayaz Sadiq’s remarks also prompted reaction from DG ISPR Maj. Gen. Babar Iftikhar who said that the recent comments about the return of Abhinandan were “disappointing” and “misleading”. He emphasised that the return of Abhinandan was Pakistan’s mature response and the whole world praised Pakistan its position. “Being a responsible state, the Government of Pakistan in order to give peace another chance decided to release Indian prisoner of war Wing Commander Abhinandan,” he added. He also said that Pakistan responded the Indian aggression in broad daylight and captured their pilot.
In February 2019, Pakistan Air Force downed an Indian fighter jet and captured Wing Commander Abhinandan. He was released later in the light of Geneva Convention, according to which the states are to return war criminals.