Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) spokesman Naeem-ul- Haque on Thursday defended his stance over the killing of Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mansour.

Earlier, while speaking to a private news channel, he had had that the late Taliban Chief was a “martyr” killed for “fighting for his homeland by a US drone strike.

Talking to a local newspaper Naeem said, “Fighting to liberate your homeland is a just cause.”

He reiterated that he believes ‘shaheed’ (martyr) is a “political term” and even Indian Muslim soldiers killed in Kargil by Pakistani forces were called ‘shaheed’.

Earlier after Mullah Mansour was killed in a drone strike, Naeem commented in a talk show “The US drone strike in Balochistan in which Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mansour was killed, I’d rather say was martyred,”.

This attracted criticism from different quarters of the public, who slammed him for his pro-militant comment while others termed it a mistake.

Furthermore, Naeem tweeted on Friday (today) that those who sacrifice their life for a just cause are shaheed (martyr).

Earlier, the PTI chief Imran Khan had also evaded a question asked by an anchor regarding whether he considered Osama Bin Laden to be a terrorist or not.