Nawaz distances himself from Safdar’s remarks

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ISLAMABAD: Two days after Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi distanced himself from the anti-Ahmadi tirade by retired Captain Mohammad Safdar on the floor of the National Assembly, PML-N president Nawaz Sharif has also distanced his party from it.

“I declare it in categorical and unequivocal terms that all minorities living in Pakistan enjoy complete fundamental rights, including protection to their lives and property, under the Constitution and Islamic teachings,” Mr Sharif said in a statement issued from London and released to the local media by PML-N spokesman Senator Asif Kirmani here on Sunday.

“Any negative expression in this regard has nothing to do with the ideology and policy of the PML-N,” Mr Sharif clarified, without elaborating or mentioning the speech of the party MNA, who also happens to be his son-in-law.

During a television interview last week, Prime Minister Abbasi had stated that neither he nor Nawaz Sharif or the PML-N was responsible for the views expressed against the Ahmadi community by Capt Safdar.

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