ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif commended Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief’s move to tender an apology over his remarks against the army and state institutions and went on to say that matters pertaining to national interest are sensitive in nature and special care should be taken in this regard.

“One should think twice before passing on any comment about such sensitive matter,” said Nawaz while reacting to Altaf Hussain’s statement.

“Such irresponsible statements not only tarnish the image of national institutions, but also hurt sentiments of the general public,” he added.

The premier said that it is the government’s obligation to safeguard army’s integrity, as the institution is responsible for the state’s defence and security.