PM Imran's statement in Iran taken out of context: PMO

Opposition continues to criticise PM Imran over his statement


Rizwan Ghilzai April 24, 2019
Prime Minister Imran Khan. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan's statement during his recent Iran visit where he said Pakistani soil is being used to carry out attacks in Iran has been taken out of context, a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday stated.

"Prime Minister Imran Khan was talking about non-state actors using Pakistani soil under foreign influence to carry out activities in Pakistan or coordinating from Pakistan," the statement said giving the example of  Kulbhushan Jadhav.

"In the same manner, Pakistan is attacked using soil of Iran and Afghanistan. The same was clearly stated by the prime minister during his visit to Iran while referring to the latest incident in Balochistan," the statement reads further, adding that the premier is making all efforts for peace across the whole region.

PM faces scathing criticism over Iran remarks

"PM's statement being linked to any other context is an effort to misinterpret the expression which doesn’t serve Pakistan in any way," the statement added.

PM Imran came under blistering criticism from the opposition in the National Assembly on Tuesday for his statement in which the premier conceded that Pakistani soil had been used in the past by terrorists to carry out attacks in Iran.

Former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar censured the prime minister in harsh words.

“Our prime minister stood beside the Iranian president and said that our soil was being used for terrorist activities. This is not funny anymore,” she said.

Khar said the prime minister’s statements were turning the country into a laughing stock in the world. “It is worrying to see the country being ridiculed continuously,” she added

 

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