Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday disowned the statements made on the floor of the National Assembly by Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law retired Captain Muhammad Safdar when he launched into a virulent tirade against Pakistan’s persecuted Ahmadi community.
“Neither I nor Mian sahib or the party is responsible for his views”, Abbasi said while talking to DawnNews, adding that “He [Safdar] should not have said what he said. No one in the party would agree with him.”
“Being a parliamentary leader I will take up this issue with him,” he maintained.
Abbasi, however, rejected the notion that Capt Safdar’s remarks fell into the category of hate speech. “What he [Safdar] said was apparently in the flow of emotions.”
“We should stay away from such statements which create unrest in the society,” said Abbasi, while agreeing that being a son-in-law of Nawaz Sharif he should have behaved more responsibly.