The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) has protested against Defence Minister Khawaja Asif’s remarks criticising former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and demanded his immediate resignation on Thursday.
Following Asif’s statements reportedly questioning the “bravery” of Musharraf and ridiculing the ex-army chief, Chaudry Sarfraz Anjum Kahlon, political adviser to former president Musharraf, described the defence minister’s words as “unpatriotic, disturbing and in violation of his ministerial responsibilities”.
It is inevitable that Khawaja Asif’s presence as defence minister is detrimental to the morale of the armed forces, he said.
Minister for Railways Saad Rafiq said he stands by his words about Pervez Musharraf. “I am a born political worker and have no regrets about my stance in opposition of the dictator or dictatorial regime”, he maintained.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th, 2014.
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