Fact Check: Did PM Imran Call Osama bin Laden a Martyr?

“I will never forget how we Pakistanis were embarrassed when the Americans came into Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden, martyred him.”

The last segment of the statement was blown out of proportion from the opposition leaders without taking into account that the premier used the word killed twice in the same context.



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Official Clarification

Prime Minister’s office issued a clarification in this regard, denouncing the unwarranted attempt to stir controversy.

Taking to his Twitter, Dr. Shehbaz Gill, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Communication wrote:

Referring to PM’s speech in NA today, it is clarified that PM twice used the word ‘killed’ for Osama bin Laden. An unwarranted attempt is being made at home/abroad with a clear intent to make his remarks controversial unnecessarily.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhary, and Information Minister, Senator Shibli Faraz also clarified that it was a misstep.


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Khan’s Track Record Against Terrorism

PM Khan’s stance on Bin Laden has been clear and consistent from day one, as evident from his previous statements.

During a past interview with India’s NDTV, PM Khan criticized the way US forces made him [Bin Laden] a hero.

The way in which he [Osama bin Laden] was killed has made him a martyr in the eyes of certain extremist circles.

Khan went on to say that Washington should have taken him into custody and then put him on trial to “demystify” the entire episode.

Osama should have been dealt with the same way Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and the Nazi leaders were held accountable for their crimes.

  • It is my request to all Pakistanis: Please stop personality worship of all personalities. Stop worshiping Nawaz, Imran, Bhutto, Altaf or whatsoever. Stop defending the indefensible. Why you want to be enslaved when Allah has made you an Independent person?. Also I want to add that Imran’s statement is dangerous as FATF can set embargoes on Pakistan and our currency can crash just like Iran.

  • To all the emotional Personality Worshiper Idiots of Imran Khan: Imagine if FATF will recommend Embargoes on Pakistan and Europe and America will stop trading with Pakistan and our currency will crash just like Iran. Are you ready for 10,000 Rupee = 1 Dollar and Hyper-Inflation?. A country where a car will cost 20 crore rupees and ordinary house for a billion rupees?.

    • @Malik Shut your mouth Patwari. Yes I am ready as a true Pakistani. I dont care about FATF or trade with America. It is true that 41000 Iranian Rial is equal to 1 dollar. But still Iran is progressing. If Iran can survive then we can survive as well.

    • Malik sahab yeh aap kia kar rahay hain, just Ap in PoTIan ki PoTI bund kareingay to woh Mounsay hi nikalaingayna.

    • First of all, the article debunks your claim. The only reason you made this comment is to exhibit your hatred.

      Second, only an idiot would believe anyone puts embargoes based on a single out of context statement.

  • “” PM Khan’s stance on Bin Laden has been UN-clear and IN-consistent from day one, as evident from his previous statements.””

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