Islamabad, July 15: Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan sparked controversy on July 14 by tweeting a picture of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Siraj Raisani standing on Indian flag. In another picture Raisani was sitting on a sofa with the Indian flag wrapped on his shoe.
Ghafoor in his tweet called Raisani a national hero. The Pakistani Army officer tweeted, “Salute to our national hero #SirajRaisani. A truly proud Pakistani who made enemies of Pakistan afraid. Your passion, mission & message shall be carried forward. We owe you, and we shall not let your sacrifice go waste. Welcome to the great family of 'Martyred sons of Pakistan.”
Salute to our national hero #SirajRaisani. A truly proud Pakistani who made enemies of Pakistan afraid. Your passion, mission & message shall be carried forward. We owe you, and we shall not let your sacrifice go waste. Welcome to the great family of ‘Martyred sons of Pakistan’. pic.twitter.com/SIvs8j6MGp
— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) July 13, 2018
The general-rank officer drew flak on social media for his controversial tweet from the Twitter users of India and Pakistan. Twitter users even advised him of maintaining the dignity of his post. One of the netizens termed it as a humiliating post and asked him to respect humanity.
After seeing the photo in which Raisani is standing on Indian flag all my sympathy for him just vanished, those who can’t respect a flag even of an enemy can not respect their own country’s flag.
— Hassan Parvez (@hparvezdcd) July 14, 2018
Even surprising is an official using those pics. Pak is deteriorating fast
— Jagdeep Singh (@jaggsiec) July 14, 2018
Then he should act like it. That's my entire point. He's the DGISPR, he has to have a certain level of decorum!
— Aneeza Bilal (@AneezaBilal) July 14, 2018
This is not good.. I am a Pakistani n oppose this.. flag of every country means mother to them.. #Peace between India Pakistan not bcz I m following Indian actress n actor not even for love.. by love and respect to serve humanity.. what you shared is humiliating for gernal public
— Mekaal Own (@Mekaalsaad) July 13, 2018
The Baloch leader was killed in the suicide bomb blast that took place in Mastung on July 13. Around 128 people were killed and over 200 injured in the blast that rocked Balochistan. Pakistan army chief Javed Qamar Bajwa also expressed grief over the death of Raisani. Gafoor conveyed Bajwa’s condolences through his official Twitter handle.
COAS condemns heinous terrorist attk in Mashtung. Grieved on loss of precious lives. Pak lost a highly devoted & capable politician Siraj Raisani. Attempts of inimical forces to derail important democratic activity shall not succeed. United we all Pakistanis shall IA defeat them.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) July 13, 2018
Raisani was contesting an election from PB-35. The slain leader was the younger brother of Nawab Aslam Raisani who served as the Balochistan chief minister from 2008 to 2013. Various political leaders of Pakistan expressed grief over Raisani’s death.