Prime Minister Says US Martyred Osama bin Laden By Killing Him Without Informing Pakistan
Jun. 26, 2020
Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has controversially claimed the US "martyred" Osama bin Laden when they assassinated him in 2011.
He criticized the decision of Washington to kill al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, without informing authorities in Pakistan despite them supporting the US in the war against terror.
In a rambling budget speech to parliament, he said: "We sided with the US in the war on terror but they came here and killed him, martyred him and ... used abusive language against us [and] did not inform us [of the raid], despite the fact that we lost 70,000 people in the war on terror."
Many stakeholders in Pakistan however quickly condemned the use of the word "martyr", usually reserved for heroes slain in battle.
Lawmaker Khwaja Mohammed Asif slammed Mr Khan for his choice of language, saying the al-Qaeda chief had brought terrorism to Pakistan.
He said: "He [bin Laden] ruined my country but he [Khan] is calling him a martyr."
Mr Khan also told parliament the Americans blamed Islamabad for failing to control the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan - using them as a scapegoat for their failure to defeat the Taliban despite having 150,000 US soldiers on the ground there.
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