In a major embarrassment for the Imran Khan government, the Pakistani parliament reverberated with ‘Modi, Modi’ chants, forcing country’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to lash out in anger.
Balochistan MPs raised slogans, hailing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when Pakistani foreign minister was speaking on boycotting French products in the National Assembly on 28 October. They raised Azadi slogans in the parliament.
There is growing anger towards Pakistan Prime Minister Khan who has been accused of COVID-19 mismanagement and slapping the opposition leaders with false legal cases.
As the Pakistani foreign minister began to speak on the resolution and talking about the Balochistan movement, the parliament reverberated with slogans of ‘azadi‘. Opposition members disrupted his speech repeatedly. Pointing at PML(N)’s Khawaja Asif, the foreign minister said it appeared to him that Indian Prime Minister Modi’s “spirit has been transferred into him”.
Qureshi 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.
Pakistani establishment shook after holding IAF pilot captive
Before that, an MP speaking in the Pakistani parliament had claimed that, fearing an attack by India, the Imran Khan government had abruptly released Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who had fallen on the side of the Line of Control (LoC) that is under Pakistani occupation last February after a dogfight between the pilots of two countries.
The foreign minister had, in an important meeting, pointed out if Pakistan did not release Abhinandan, India would attack Pakistan “that night by 9 PM,” PML(N) politician Ayaz Sadiq said while speaking in the National Assembly,
The PML(N) politician told 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.