Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing severe backlash after he called Osama Bin Laden a martyr in parliament. Imran Khan’s remark about former Al-Qaeda chief came as he described the history of Pakistan’s relations with the US since 2011 when Navy Seals killed Laden in the northern city of Abbottabad.

“The Americans came to Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden. Martyred him,” Khan said in the parliament. Khan used the word “shaheed”, which is an Arabic term for a martyr of Islam.

His speech came after Pakistan’s foreign office refuted a US state department report accusing Pakistan of being a safe haven for regional-based terrorist outfits.

Imran Khan was criticised by the opposition MPs for his statement. Former foreign minister Khawaja Asif criticised Khan’s comment saying that the Prime Minister has fiddled with history by declaring Osama bin Laden as a martyr.

“Muslims all over the world are struggling because of the discrimination they face due to recent terrorism & our PM makes it worse by calling only a martyr of Islam!” Meena Gabeena, a Pakistani activist, said on Twitter.

Pakistan has officially denied knowing Laden whereabouts until he was shot dead in a night raid on May 2, 2011, after a 10-year of manhunt.