Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan confronted a escalating backlash on Thursday just after he said former Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden had been “martyred”.
Imran Khan designed the remark in parliament as he was describing the heritage of Pakistan’s troubled relations with the US because American particular forces killed bin Laden in 2011 in the northern metropolis of Abbottabad.
“The Americans came to Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden. Martyred him,” Imran Khan said.
The key minister faced blowback from opposition figures and observers pursuing the televised speech.
“Imran Khan has fiddled with historical past, declaring Osama bin Laden as a martyr nowadays,” previous international minister Khawaja Asif informed parliament.
“Muslims all about the planet are having difficulties for the reason that of the discrimination they deal with because of to current terrorism & our PM would make it even worse by contacting obl a martyr of Islam!” Meena Gabeena, a Pakistani activist, claimed on Twitter.
Pakistan has formally denied knowing bin Laden was hiding in the state until eventually he was shot useless in a evening-time raid on May well 2, 2011.
The incident was a major nationwide embarrassment and caused by now-tenuous ties among the US and Pakistan to fray more.
Asad Durrani, a previous spymaster, told Al Jazeera in 2015 that Pakistan’s strong Inter-Solutions Intelligence (ISI) agency most likely knew where he was hiding and hoped to use him as a bargaining chip.
The 9/11 mastermind was tracked down after a 10-year manhunt to Abbottabad, a garrison city north of Islamabad where Pakistan’s armed forces academy is headquartered, sparking allegations authorities were colluding with the terror team.
Imran Khan has designed recurring controversial statements around the decades, including for the duration of a trip to the US in 2019 when he claimed the ISI delivered Washington with a direct that served them locate and kill bin Laden.
The cricketer-turned leading has very long been criticised by opponents for extremely sympathising with militants, with rivals after dubbing him “Taliban Khan”.