JI stands by his remarks against Pakistan Army martyrs
JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch and senior JI leader Fareed Piracha are also present at the session, which is being held to specifically discuss the Pakistan army’s response to Hassan calling the slain Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah a ‘martyr.’
Moreover, in a recent TV programme, the JI chief had reportedly said that if an American who died on the battlefield was not a martyr, then his backers were also not martyrs because they were chasing the same goal. This was implicitly directed towards the Pakistan Army.
In a rare rejoinder to a political leader’s statement, Pakistan Army on November 10 had strongly condemned the remarks of Munawar Hassan and demanded an ‘unconditional apology’ from him.
“Syed Munawar Hassan has tried to invent a logic based on his political convenience. Strong condemnation of his views from an overwhelming majority leaves no doubt in any one’s mind that all of us are very clear on what the state of Pakistan is and who its enemies are,” a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had said.
The army’s statement had further said: “The sacrifices of our shuhada [martyrs] and their families need no endorsement from Munawar Hassan and such misguided and self-serving statements deserve no comments.”
It had stated that Munawar Hassan’s statement was both painful and unfortunate as it came from the head of “a party founded by Maulana Maududi, who is respected and revered for his services to Islam”.
The ISPR release had further added that the people of Pakistan – whose loved ones laid down their lives while fighting terrorism and families of martyrs of the armed forces demand an unconditional apology from JI chief for hurting their feelings.
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