Absence from martyrs’ funeral being made controversial unnecessarily, says President Alvi

ISLAMABAD: Reacting to the social media criticism of him for not attending the funeral prayers of shuhda — who embraced martyrdom in the Balochistan helicopter crash, President Arif Alvi has said that the matter was being made controversial unnecessarily.

In his tweet, President Arif Alvi said, “There is unnecessary controversy on why I did not attend janaza of the shaheeds recently.”

The president made the remarks on his personal account a day after martyrs of the Balochistan helicopter disaster were laid to rest with full military honours.

The president said that this also allows him to condemn, in unequivocal terms, the despicable tweets by those who are “neither aware of our culture or our religion”.

Alvi pointed out that he has called hundreds of families, attended janazas and visited them to offer his condolences — expressing that he does not stay away during such occasions.

“On your behalf, I consider it my duty to do so. The families have been proud, but we all recognise the sad and personal loss in this world,” President Alvi said.

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