LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) senior leader Ayaz Sadiq on Saturday said that neither he had given an irresponsible statement, nor he would give any.
“I haven’t done something that I would seek apology for. Giving a political color to my speech will not benefit Pakistan,” Ayaz Sadiq said addressing media while flanked by his party leaders Rana Sanaullah and Saad Rafique and Jamiat Ulema e Islam-F chief Maulana Fazl ur Rehman in Lahore.
He said tagging Pakistan army with his statement was no service to the country. Adopting Indian media strategy, his statement was given a wrong interpretation, he said adding that India capitalized on it and tried to strengthen narrative against Pakistan.
“We may have different political views, but we are united for Pakistan. We are all patriotic Pakistanis. I stand on my stance. I have thousands of secrets to tell,” he said. He said Pak Army should be kept out of the political fight.
The PML-N leader said India would be given a befitting response as always if he did any aggression. He also said that putting up banners against him was no service to Pakistan.
Maulana Fazl said that they had the right to have difference of opinion. However, he said, one should be careful (while choosing his words) though.
“We will not tolerate disrespect towards ourselves as well. Illegitimate government should not be imposed on us. If this would not happen, then complaints will take the form of words,” he said.
He said their stance was clear that the 2018 General Elections were rigged.
“We should have boundaries of difference, but we can’t give anyone the right that we take certificate of patriotism from him. No one is above criticism. We are against smear campaign whether it is against judiciary, generals or politicians,” he said.