”Cannot condemn people’s sentiments”, Ibrar ul Haq justifies assassination attempt on Ahsan Iqbal

The PML-N leader was shot in May 2018 in the Narowal district while campaigning for elections.

During a talk show on a private TV channel, Renowned singer Abrar-ul-Haq justified the assassination attempt on Pakistan Muslim League leader Ahsan Iqbal, saying that it showed the ‘sentiments of the public’.

Speaking in the program, the singer discussed his contest with Ahsan Iqbal in the 2013 and 2018 elections. He said that he firmly believes Ahsan Iqbal had lost the two elections to him because people supported Haq.

“Wherever he (Ahsan Iqbal) went, someone threw a shoe at him or would shoot him”, Abrar-ul-Haq added.

When the host of the talk show opposed his insensitive comment regarding the assassination attempt on Iqbal, Abrar said he cannot condemn people’s sentiments.

Social media users took notice of his controversial statement and he received a lot of criticism for it. Users argued that Abrar was a part of the campaign that led to Ahsan Iqbal’s assassination, and now, he was adoring the act as a ‘public sentiment’.

Journalist Murtaza Ali Shah said that Abrar-ul-Haq was encouraging violence and termed it as fascism.
A user also shared an old clip from Abrar-ul-Haq’s campaign, where he was using the religion card to criticize his opponent. The singer, while addressing a crowd, said that the party (PML-N) was not ‘Muslim’ league but rather ‘Munkir’ league.

The PML-N leader was shot in May 2018 in Narowal district while campaigning for the elections. The man who shot him was later found to be linked with Tehreek-e-Labaik.

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