ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb on Tuesday strongly condemned Imran Khan for his irresponsible statement against the foreign cricketers who played the PSL final in Lahore, saying that it reflected the poor mentality of PTI chief.
Speaking to newsmen, the minister said the PTI chief has already tarnished his reputation in politics because of his reprehensible behavior and is now bent upon ruining whatever respect he has in sports.
Marriyum said Imran‘s remarks were driven by his negative thinking and it is very unfortunate that he has used highly objectionable and condemnable language against foreign guests of the country.
The minister said the government holds foreign players as respectful and is grateful for their participation in the PSL final in Lahore.
Marriyum said the PTI chief initially demanded that the PSL final be held in Pakistan but it is unfortunate that he started opposing it when it was announced that Lahore would host the final.
She regretted that the PTI chief had dubbed a historical event an ‘act of madness’.
She reminded the PTI chief that the people of Pakistan would keep on repeating such acts of madness to counter the menace of terrorism and extremism. The minister said the terrorists were trying to terrorise and intimidate the people of Pakistan through their heinous acts.
However, she said the people of Pakistan have given a befitting response to terrorists by enthusiastically participating in the PSL final. She said Imran has, in fact, tried to create scare and panic among foreign players through his irresponsible statements.
Aurangzeb said freedom of expression is the basic right of an individual but this right should not be exercised to infringe on others’ rights besides hurting their sentiments.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 8th, 2017.