In yet another instance which proves Pakistan's hypocrisy when it comes to acknowledging or dealing with terrorism, an elected Senator from the country's ruling party shied away from calling Al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden as a terrorist during an interaction on a television panel.
Senator Waleed Iqbal, who was elected to Senate earlier this year after getting backing from PM Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), refused to term the 9/11 mastermind as a terrorist, despite repeatedly been asked to express his views. Here's what happened:
Reporter: I am talking about the recoveries, I am talking about the character of Osama Bin Laden, do you regard him as a terrorist or not?
Senator Waleed Iqbal: Why should I comment on this?
Reporter: who is Osama Bin Laden for you? A terrorist or a freedom fighter?
Senator Waleed Iqbal: I don't keep any sort of view on this, you should ask others. Why don't you tell me your opinion on him?
Reporter: He is a terrorist according to me.
Panelist 2: Even for me, he is a terrorist.
Reporter: What do you think?
Panelist 3: Definitely, he's a terrorist.
Reporter: Now you tell us Mr. Waleed, all three of us have made it clear. Now please tell us your opinion.
Panelist: See, my opinion is the same as my leader.
Reporter: That means you don't have an opinion. This is incredible. If you don't think he was a terrorist then make it clear. Just because your leader has an opinion, you will conform to it.
Despite newly elected PM Imran Khan's promise that his party and government would fight against terror, the ground scenario in Pakistan seems very different. Hafiz Saeed, co-founder of terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba and 26/11 mastermind, is allowed to roam free in the country.
The double-speak of Pakistan on 'act of terror' was brutally exposed on Monday on the 10th anniversary of the 26/11. LeT sponsored an event organised by JuD in the heart of Lahore, which was also attended by members from the ruling government.
Shockingly, during the proceedings, which was also attended by Pakistan's Punjab government information Minister Fayaz Ul Hasan Chouhan, Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist who was nabbed from the 26/11 attack and then hanged to death, was termed as 'not Pakistani' and someone from Uttar Pradesh.
"Ajmal Kasab was not a Pakistani. Hafiz Saeed was not responsible for the attack and 26/11 was an Indian conspiracy. Kasab was in fact an Indian citizen, he belonged to Uttar Pradesh," said the minister himself.