Planning Minister Asad Umar on Sunday lashed out at PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif for “selling India’s narrative” and speaking against state institutions.
Addressing the media in Karachi, flanked by Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Zaidi, the PTI leader said that while the former premier criticises national institutions so openly, he has never raised his voice against human rights violations in India or spoken about Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.
“This Indian narrative that you are selling, this will not sell, neither in Pakistan nor across the world. You and India can level any allegation against state institutions you want,” Umar said and asked why Indian premier Narendra Modi — who oversaw a massacre of Muslims in Indian Gujrat in 2005 when he was the chief minister — visited Nawaz’s house.
The planning minister further said while Nawaz’s supporters insist that the former prime minister only have issues with a few army officials and not the entire institution, the former premier’s relationship with generals during his past three tenures had always been thorny.
Umar said that Nawaz had spoken against the army and its intelligence wing because he could not get an NRO.
“When Supreme Court disqualified you (Nawaz), you toured the entire Punjab […] chanting mujhe kium nikala (why was I ousted). The army chief you were [criticising] was the same one [as now]. But when last year, a bill was tabled for the extension of the same army chief, you told your party MNAs to vote in favour? If Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa did so much against you, why did you vote for his extension?”
The federal minister said that PML-N leaders had met the army chief to