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Ex-US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad faces backlash for tweeting against Pak Army Chief

Zalmay Khalilzad reacted to COAS Asim Munir's speech during the Army Chief's recent visit to Sialkot Garrison, saying the entire speech was alarming. 

Former US envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has once again stirred controversy in Pakistan with his remarks. This time around, Zalmay Khalilzad is facing intense backlash for his tweets against Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Asim Munir.

Taking to Twitter, Zalmay Khalilzad reacted to COAS Asim Munir’s speech during the Army Chief’s recent visit to Sialkot Garrison, saying the entire speech was alarming.

In a series of tweets, Zalmay Khalilzad said he was concerned for Pakistan before, but now the Army chief’s tirade led him to believe that things are truly dire.

He further asserted that a country’s army is a critical institution that must be led by someone possessed of sobriety, calm responsibility, and political neutrality.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the Army Chief had underscored that recently planned and orchestrated tragic incidents will never be allowed again at any cost. He reassured the ranks and files that all those responsible for bringing shame to the nation on Black Day of 9th May would certainly be brought to justice.

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The country’s top general also called martyrs and their monuments a source of inspiration and pride for the rank and file of the Armed Forces, Law Enforcement Agencies, Government officials, and the people of Pakistan.

Zalmay Khalilzad faces backlash on social media

Former US envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad is being heavily slammed on social media for his comments against COAS Asim Munir.

Netizens including members from Pakistan’s media fraternity and the ruling PML-N hit out at Zalmay Khalilzad for his statements against the Pakistan Army Chief. They questioned his sources for the claims he made in his tweets and also asked him to refrain from commenting on Pakistan’s internal matters.

Pertinent to mention that Pakistan’s Foreign Office has even warned Zalmay Khalilzad not to comment on Pakistan’s domestic issues. However, the former US envoy continues to double down on his commentary on the current political situation in Pakistan while often cautioning the Pakistan government.

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