ISLAMABAD: A Twitter spat between Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Cuba’s Ambassador in Pakistan was witnessed after the minister’s remarks on Cuba.
In a press conference yesterday, Ahsan Iqbal said that he didn’t want Pakistan to become like North Korea or Cuba but that Pakistan should follow the development models of countries like Malaysia, China, South Korea and Turkey.
In response, Zener Caro tweeted: “Fortunately, Minister Ahsan Iqbal’s disrespectful mention of Cuba in his press conference in Lahore does not represent and has nothing to do with Pakistanis’ true respect and deep affection for Cuba.”
Earlier, Politicians and Social media activists on Twitter had also criticised the minister for his remarks, recalling Cuba’s support for Pakistan in tough times.
Fawad Chaudhry in his tweet, said “Ambassador! Present Pak Government is called #importedgovernment for reasons and this tweet of @betterpakistan is just another reflection of slave mind, people of Pak have huge respect for the great Nation of Cuba, I call upon Ahsan Iqbal to apologise for his idiocy.”
Journalist Murtaza Solangi remarked that Pakistan would always remain “grateful to the heroic people of Cuba”.
Meanwhile, activist Ammar Ali Jan demanded an apology from Iqbal.
Following the Cuban ambassador’s tweet, Ahsan Iqbal took to Twitter and clarified that his remarks were “only in the context of foreign policy”.
“We have deep respect for the people of Cuba and our deep affectionate relations with Cuba,” Iqbal said, adding that Pakistan couldn’t forget how Cuban doctors played a heroic role during the aftermath of 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.