JI chief should apologize for terming terrorists martyrs: ISPR

Pakistan Army terms Munawar Hassan's statement painful and unfortunate.

Web Desk November 10, 2013
Last week, JI Chief had said that Hakimullah Mehsud, who had died in a US drone stroke was a martyr. PHOTO: INP/ FILE

The Pakistan Army condemned Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Chief Munawar Hassan’s statement wherein he termed former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Chief Hakimullah Mehsud as Shaheed on a TV program last week, Express News reported.

By terming a terrorist a martyr, the JI chief has insulted the sacrifices made by the Pakistan Army, read a statement by the Inter Services Public relations (ISPR).

ISPR spokesperson Asim Bajwa tweeted saying:

Hasan had said that Hakimullah Mehsud, who had died in a US drone strike, was a martyr.

“Syed Munawar Hassan has tried to invent a logic based on his political convenience. Strong condemnation of his views from an overwhelming majority leaves no doubt in any one's mind that all of us are very clear on what the state of Pakistan is and who are its enemies,” the ISPR press release stated.

“Sacrifices of our shuhada and their families need no endorsement from Syed Munawar Hassan and such misguided and self-serving statements deserve no comments,” the statement further read.

The ISPR statement said that the families of martyred army personnel and people who had lost their loved ones in the terrorist attacks demanded an “unconditional apology” from JI chief.

Such a statement coming from the JI chief, a party founded by Maulana Maududi, who is respected and revered for his services to Islam is both painful and unfortunate, the statement read.

"JI should clarify it’s party position on the subject."


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Abdul Ahad Khan | 8 years ago | Reply all of you should realize that he is right. Hakimullah was not a terrorist. He was, however, killed by the Americans and that makes him a martyr. No, he did not kill thousands of people. Hate me, but it's the truth. He was of the 'true' Taliban, the ones who aren't violent, not the fake CIA and Mossad funded and trained ones who blow up everyone and blame others for their actions. Wake up, people! Life is a conspiracy!
Sexton Blake | 8 years ago | Reply

Calling soldiers martyrs, regardless of which side they are on, is standard nomenclature. Unfortunately, people take sides, and perceive the people on the other side to be bad people and therefore not worthy of being called martyrs.

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