ERBIL— The leader of the Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitaries on Thursday criticized the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi for not paying tribute to the role of Hashd al-Shaabi forces in liberating Mosul, noting there are plots against the Shi'ite paramilitaries.
Addressing a press conference in Baghdad, Hadi Ameri blamed Abadi for not thanking Hashd (Popular Mobilization Forces) as he declared Mosul free from the Islamic State (IS) on Monday.
"I don't believe that he has done this on purpose," Ameri said, "It's early to judge him."
Hashd leader also stated there are several plots undergoing against Popular Mobilization Forces.
He added some parties have forgotten the great victory over IS in Mosul and are busy making Abadi not acknowledge Hashd forces.
"We made all these sacrifices not to be acknowledged. Rather, we responded to a call by our cleric and fought as a holy religious duty," Ameri said.
Hashd al-Shaabi was formed following a call by Iraqi Grand Shi'ite Cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani after IS occupied Mosul.
Ameri stressed the government still abides by its obligations towards the Hashd forces despite the conspiracy against them.