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,”.
— Noshad Ali (@NoshadAliii) June 1, 2016
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).
Anyone who lays down his life fighting for a just cause is shaheed. Fighting 2liberate your homeland from foreign occupation is a just cause
— Naeem ul Haque (@naeemul_haque) June 3, 2016
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.