Islamabad: In a major embarrassment for the Imran Khan government, Pakistan’s Parliament reverberated with ‘Modi, Modi’ chants, forcing country’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to lash out in anger.
The Balochistan MPs raised slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi when Pakistan’s Foreign Minister was speaking on boycotting French products in the National Assembly on Wednesday. They also raised Azadi slogans in the parliament.
The incident shows that there has been growing anger towards Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan who has been accused of Covid-19 mismanagement and slapping the opposition leaders with false cases.
As Qureshi began to speak on the resolution and then started talking about the Balochistan movement and how, slogans of Azadi were raised, the opposition members were disrupting his speech repeatedly. Pointing to PML-N’s Khawaja Asif, the Foreign Minister said it appeared to him that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “spirit has been transferred into him”.
He also accused the opposition of peddling “India’s narrative” and making national institutions “controversial”. “You should be ashamed that slogans for Balochistan’s independence were raised from your platform,” he said, addressing the opposition benches.
Pakistan was petrified of India attacking
Before that, a Pakistani MP speaking in the Parliament had claimed that fearing an attack by India, the Imran Khan government had abruptly released Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who fell in Pakistan’s territory last February after a dogfight between the pilots of two countries.
The foreign minister had in an important meeting pointed out that if Pakistan did not release Abhinandan, India would attack Pakistan “that night by 9 pm,” Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leader Ayaz Sadiq said while speaking in the National Assembly,
The PML-N leader also old opposition leaders that Qureshi in a meeting with the parliamentary leaders had asked for the IAF pilot to be let free.
“I remember Shah Mahmood Qureshi was in the meeting in which Imran Khan had refused to attend and Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa came into the room, his legs were shaking and he was perspiring. Foreign Minister said for God’s sake let Abhinandan go, India’s about to attack Pakistan at 9 PM”, Sadiq recounted the events of the important meeting.