Nawaz remained tight-lipped over Israeli atrocities due to offshore assets: Fawad

Terming it ‘blatant lies’, Maryam tweets a video showing PML-N supremo condemning aggression on Palestinians


Our Correspondent May 23, 2021
Nawaz Sharif, Fawad Chaudhry and Maryam Nawaz. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD:

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has claimed that PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif remained tight-lipped over Israeli aggression on Palestinians “because he has billions of rupees assets abroad”.

“Nawaz Sharif expresses his views on every issue and never missed any opportunity to criticise the [PTI] government,” the federal minister said in a tweet on Sunday.

Fawad said even Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-law Capt (retd) Mohammad Safdar did not condemn the Israeli atrocities in Gaza, where 248 people were killed during the 11 days of fighting.

“The reason for his silence is offshore assets worth billions of rupees,” he added.

Responding to Fawad’s claim, PML-N Vice President Maryam posted a video on his official Twitter handle showing her and his father Nawaz’s statements condemning Israeli atrocities.

In a tweet on May 11, former premier Nawaz had termed the Israeli attacks on civilians and worshippers at Al Aqsa mosque as terrorism.

“The world has been criminally negligent to the plight of Palestinians for too long. Israel targeting children & unarmed civilians is terrorism at its worst. I strongly condemn this brutality in Al Aqsa Mosque & Gaza. My heart goes out to the victims. The world must act & act NOW,” he wrote on in a tweet.

Likewise, Maryam had also slammed the attacks on civilians in Gaza in a tweet saying “heart cries bloody tears atrocities over Palestinian brothers and sisters and children and the hypocrisy, double standards and cruelty of the "civilised world".

Tensions that started in occupied East Jerusalem during the holy month of Ramazan spread to Gaza as a result of Israeli assaults on worshippers in the flashpoint Al Aqsa mosque compound and the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.

The escalation resulted in airstrikes by Israel on Gaza, which has left at least 248 Palestinians dead and more than 1,700 others wounded since May 10, according to Palestinian authorities.

A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian resistance group Hamas started early Friday.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and annexed the entire city in 1980 – a move that has never been recognised by the international community.

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