Tuesday Apr 23, 2019
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party leader and former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ‘slip of the tongue’ during a meeting with a delegation in Tehran, saying an elected prime minister "has made us a laughing stock in front of everyone."
Addressing a session of the National Assembly, Khar said, “This was not a slip of the tongue. The prime minister has distorted both geography and history for all of us.”
She continued, “The honourable prime minister went at length to explain how Germany and Japan are neighbours and how post World War II they shared a border. History tells us that both [Germany and Japan] were on the same team but the prime minister is telling us they were adversaries. Japan is located in East Asia while Germany is located in Europe.”
“This is an elected prime minister of a country and he has made us a laughing stock in front of everyone,” Khar added.
In reply, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said, only half of the prime minister’s sentence was being repeated and taken out of context. “It was a slip of the tongue. The prime minister wanted to say Germany and France and not Germany and Japan,” she said.
“The next part of his sentence was that those who killed people in Ormara came from Iran,” she said. “The entire sentence should be heard. If we want to eliminate terrorism we need to first tackle the banned organisations on both sides of the border. Both Iran and Pakistan need to tackle them.”
On the other hand, Minister of State for Communications and Federal Minister for Postal Services Murad Saeed hit back at the PPP saying, “Hussain Haqqani was appointed as foreign minister by your party and look at him now speaking against you.”
During Saeed’s address, the opposition started chanting “go baby go” slogans and tore copies of the agenda.