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Ayaz Sadiq denounces Indian media for ‘distorting’ comments on Abhinandan

PML-N leader Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Thursday lambasted the Indian media for “distorting” his comments from a day earlier when he had alleged that the Pakistani government took the decision to release Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman under pressure.

“The Indian media distorted my statement in the National Assembly yesterday,” Sadiq said. “One thing is clear: Abhinandan did not come to Pakistan to distribute sweets.

“He had attacked Pakistan,” the PML-N leader said, adding, however, that the decision made by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government to return the Indian pilot was “completely wrong”.

“The downing of Abhinandan’s plane was a victory for Pakistan,” he said.

Ayaz Sadiq also questioned PM Imran Khan’s motives behind delaying a meeting related to Abhinandan the day of his capture.

“The prime minister, through Foreign Minister [Shah Mahmood Qureshi], had said that Abhinandan should be handed over to India immediately. What was the reason for a delay in the meeting?” Sadiq asked.

“Was he taking dictation from Modi? Did he not consider it appropriate to share with us [the reason for a delay]?” Ayaz Sadiq inquired.

Abhinandan, following the meeting, was let go by Pakistan as a “peace gesture” towards its east-side neighbour.

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