ISLAMABAD: Opposition in the National Assembly has criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech following the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Aasia Bibi case.
Former opposition leader Khurshid Shah condemned Imran Khan for ‘instigating enmity’ among protestors, adding: “I cannot even begin to repeat what he said in the speech”.
“We strongly condemn the prime minister’s address to the nation. The chief executive of the state should not have said what he said.”
“It seemed as though the PM would personally fight hate-mongers after his address to the nation,” he commented.
Khurshid Shah elaborated that given the gravity of the situation, the premier and the interior minister should have been present in the house.
Responding to a journalist inquiring about the premier’s speech the previous day, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said that “we hope PM Imran would apprise the house over steps taken to ensure security”.
PML-N leader Saad Rafique also condemned PM Imran for comments in the speech. During the session, federal minister Shafqat Mehmood countered claims by the opposition and remarked that “there will be zero tolerance against those who challenge the writ of the state”.