Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took to Twitter on Tuesday to express solidarity with the Armed Forces of Pakistan on the occasion of Defence Day. He said that the whole nation came together to defend the motherland against the Indian aggression.
In a tweet paying tribute to the Pakistan Army, he wrote: “The whole nation comes together today in paying homage to our martyrs & Ghazis who put their lives on the line to defend the motherland against the Indian aggression. Together our armed forces & people thwarted the Indian machinations to undermine our territorial integrity.
In a follow-up tweet, he criticised his political rival Imran Khan without naming him directly, stating that anyone intending to hurt the bond between the Pakistan Army and the nation was not Pakistan’s true friend.
As Pakistan grapples with the historic floods & other challenges, we need to summon the spirit of 1965. National unity is our greatest strength. Anyone intending to hurt the bond between our armed forces & people is not a friend of Pakistan. Let us fortify this bond of One Nation
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) September 6, 2022
It is pertinent to note that ISPR has already condemned Khan’s comments about the Army leadership and President Pakistan Dr Arif Avi has also distanced himself from Khan’s remarks.