Asif urges Altaf to re­mem­ber sac­ri­fices of armed forces

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Tak­ing Mut­tahida Qaumi Move­ment ( MQM) chief to task for his al­leged defam­a­tory state­ments against the coun­try's armed forces, De­fence Min­is­ter Khawaja Asif has urged Altaf Hus­sain to re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fices of Pak­istan Army that helped se­cure the cit­i­zens of the coun­try.

"Mea­sures taken by the army have helped us feel safe," he said while talk­ing to media out­side his res­i­dence in Sialkot on Sun­day, Ex­press News re­ported. While re­fer­ring to Altaf's anti-state re­marks, he said "no mat­ter what sort of reser­va­tions one has about na­tional in­sti­tu­tions, they can­not ask the en­emy for in­ter­ven­tion and ma­lign them." Those who re­sort to such acts could be re­garded as the big­gest en­e­mies of Pak­istan, added Asif. The de­fence min­is­ter on this oc­ca­sion also lam­basted In­dia for its un­end­ing tirade and per­sis­tent al­le­ga­tions against Pak­istan.

"In­stead of set­ting its own house in or­der, the neigh­bour­ing coun­try fre­quently launches ver­bal as­saults against Pak­istan," he said.

On Au­gust 1, the MQM chief in a speech from Lon­don re­port­edly asked Nato and In­dia take no­tice of the on­go­ing Karachi op­er­a­tion, claim­ing that it was tar­get­ting his party mem­bers.

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