‘Unnecessary controversy’: President Alvi censures speculation over absence in martyrs’ funeral

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ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi has termed reports of him not attending the funeral of the shuhda — who embraced martyrdom in the Balochistan helicopter crash — as “unnecessary controversy” after it was speculated that the top official did not go due to the ongoing hateful campaign by social media trolls which posed a threat.

The president posted a thread for clarification on his personal social media account. It was not retweeted by the account of “President of Pakistan” till the filing of this report.

“There is unnecessary controversy on why I did not attend janaza of the shaheeds recently,” the president said, a day after the martyrs were laid to rest with full military honours.

The president said that he is taking the opportunity to condemn, in unequivocal terms, the despicable tweets by those who are “neither aware of our culture [nor] our religion”.