ISLAMABAD: President Alvi’s absence in martyrs funerals angers Pakistan army. 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. This gives me an opportunity to condemn in unequivocal terms the despicable tweets by those who are neither aware of our culture or our religion. — Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) August 5, 2022 “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”. Alvi underscored that he has called hundreds of families, attended funerals and visited them to offer his condolences — stressing that he does not keep 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. He said it is especially difficult to condole with families where young children are the survivors. “When the family members have cried, I have cried. There is no doubt in my mind that Pakistan is safe only because of their ultimate sacrifices. That is what makes me proud of Pakistan.” His posts did not specify why he did not attend the funeral. President advised not to attend President Alvi’s absence in martyrs funerals angers Pak army However, sources told that the president wanted to attend the funeral of the martyrs, but he was stopped from attending due to the “false and negative propaganda created by PTI trolls”. President Alvi’s absence in martyrs funerals angers Pak army The president had expressed his desire as the supreme commander and head of state to attend the funeral, however, he was informed that PTI trolls have initiated a “toxic, false and negative propaganda about the martyrs” which has enraged the people, the sources said. Therefore, President Alvi was advised that it would be better if he skipped the funeral to avoid any untoward incident. Adhering to the advice, the president did not attend the funeral prayers. The president did, however, make telephone calls to the families of all six martyrs, his official account tweeted.