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November 12, 2013

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Ex-servicemen assail JI chief’s statement

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Ex-servicemen Association (PESA) on Monday condemned the statement of the Ameer of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Syed Munawar Hassan, who termed dead terrorists as martyrs (Shaheeds) and denied that status to thousands of citizens and soldiers who lost their lives at their hands.
The remarks of Munawar Hassan are not only condemnable but also treacherous; his statement actually strengthens the hands of Pakistan’s enemies, said the former military leaders in a meeting with President PESA Lt. Gen. (retd) Ali Kuli Khan in the chair.
Hassan’s statement asking how those helping the Americans fighting in Afghanistan could be called martyrs is absolutely irrelevant and misleading as no Pakistani soldier is fighting America’s war in Afghanistan, they observed.
How could fighting against the TTP be called America’s war when their leader is sitting in the comfort under their protection in Afghanistan, they questioned. This statement is clearly meant to strengthen the enemies of Pakistan, demoralise and malign Pakistani troops who are fighting seemingly an unending war to save the country.
By rubbing salt into the wounds of the families of thousands of servicemen and civilians killed in terrorist attacks, Syed Munawar Hassan has made himself liable for trial under Article 63 (1)(g) of the Constitution of Pakistan. PESA fully supports the statement issued by ISPR

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