ISLAMABAD: (Christian Times) – Senior leader of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Tuesday said that the speech by former Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar was explicitly aimed at the army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

While talking to Kashif Abbasi on ARY, Aitzaz said that he belonged to the Jaat community and there were numerous Ahmadis in his clan. He also said that the Bajwa clan, from which the army chief belongs, also has a large Ahmadiyya community and CSafdar’s speech clearly targeted the army chief in the national assembly.

Reminding the country of the true heritage of Pakistan, Aitzaz said that the first law minister of Pakistan was Jogendranath Mandal, a Hindu. He said that had Quaid lived long enough, the making of the constitution of Pakistan would have been the responsibility of this Hindu. He went on to state the plight of the Christians living in Pakistan.

“We haven’t done any good to the Christians either. It must be remembered that Christians were a respectable community of this country and Justice Cornelius rose to the seat of the Chief Justice of Pakistan even”, Aitzaz said.

He said that the slogans raised in the National Assembly after the speech were not only targeting the Ahmadis but also the Christians and Hindus living in the country and abroad. “Eassiyon ka jo yaar hai, ghaddar hai ghaddar hai; hinduon ka jo yaar hai, ghaddar hai ghaddar hai (lit.: Whoever is friends with the Christians is a traitor; whoever is friends with the Hindus is a traitor)” were the slogans raised by Captain (r) Safdar as he moved out of the house last week after a speech inciting hatred against the Ahmadis and calling for them to be ousted from Pakistan army.

Aitzaz reminded the listeners of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s 11th August (1947) speech in which he had clearly stated that the people would be free to go to their temples and their churches as the state will have nothing to do with the faith of the people.

He said that the persecution of the Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar would hurt the feelings of everyone but at the same time we were doing this to the minorities living in Pakistan, calling for them to be removed from jobs and leaving them penniless.

He also honoured the services of Flight Lieutenant Cecil Chaudhry in the war of 1965, who also fought the 1971 war between India and Pakistan as a Squadron Leader in Pakistan Air Force.

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