A Pakistani opposition leader has claimed that Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was released after Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi informed a gathering of Pakistan’s high leaders that India would attack Pakistan.
Recalling the stress in Islamabad after India bombed a terror coaching camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26, 2019, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Sardar Ayaz Sadiq criticised the Imran Khan authorities over its response, saying the Opposition has supported the federal government on each problem, together with Kashmir and Wing Commander Varthaman, however it should not be acceptable to offer any additional assist, Dunya News reported on October 28.
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Mr. Sadiq, who was the Speaker of the National Assembly throughout the PML-N authorities, made the same assertion earlier on October 28 in Parliament that Foreign Minister Qureshi in an essential assembly pleaded that permit Wing Commander Varthaman return as a result of India is attacking Pakistan.
The 37-year-old IAF pilot was captured by the Pakistani Army on February 27, 2019 after his MiG-21 Bison jet was shot down in a dogfight with Pakistani jets throughout aerial fight.
In the early hours of February 26, 2019, the IAF jets bombed the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camps in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan and avenged the Pulwama terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel.
Before his jet was hit, Wing Commander Varthaman downed an F-16 fighter of Pakistan. He was released on the night time of March 1.
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In a speech within the National Assembly, Mr. Sadiq stated that Mr. Khan skipped the high-level assembly, which was attended by high management, together with Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Mr. Qureshi.
“Legs were shaking and forehead perspiring, and the Foreign Minister (Mr. Qureshi) told us, ‘For God’s sake, let him (Wing Commander Varthaman) go back now because India is attacking Pakistan at 9 p.m. in the night’”, Mr. Sadiq stated, recalling the assembly which was additionally attended by parliamentary leaders, together with these from Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and PML-N, and added that “India was not planning to attack…They just wanted to kneel before India and send back Abhinandan.”
It was not very clear whether or not Mr. Sadiq was referring to Gen. Bajwa or Mr. Qureshi whose legs had been shaking and brow perspiring. He additionally didn’t point out the date of the assembly, however indicated that it was held earlier than the discharge of Wing Commander Varthaman.
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Mr. Sadiq stated that he tries to not make any private assaults however “when those in power refer to us as thieves or “Modi ka yaar” (Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pal), we should reply .
He additionally stated that these operating the federal government weren’t severe individuals. “The rulers don’t even know the rules of Parliament,” he stated.
Mr. Sadiq stated that the Opposition has supported the Imran Khan authorities on each problem, together with Kashmir and Wing Commander Varthaman, however it should not be acceptable to offer any additional assist.