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RSS-backed Iftar serves up advice for Pakistan

Source: PTI
July 02, 2016 23:03 IST
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After an RSS affiliate withdrew the invitation to Pakistani High Commissioner in New Delhi for an iftar, senior Sangh leader Indresh Kumar on Saturday told Pakistan to worry about calls for freedom emerging within that country and stop interfering in Kashmir.

He also hoped that a day will come when better sense would prevail upon Pakistan and it would stop spreading hatred, animosity and violence and embrace peace and brotherhood.

Kumar was speaking at the iftar party hosted by RSS affiliate Muslim Rashtriya Manch, which revoked its invite to Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit after his "insensitive" remarks on the Pampore encounter in Kashmir in which 8 CRPF jawans lost their lives. Indresh Kumar mentors the outfit.

The RSS leader said he hoped a day will come when Muslim women of India and the world would be free from the 'gunah' (crime) of 'talaq' (divorce), apparently referring to the ongoing debate over triple talaq. He said, according to the holy Quran, it is not acceptable to God.

"That is why Muslim Rrashtriya Manch said there should be no hatred or animosity. I will pray let better sense prevail on all countries who spread hatred, animosity and violence, let them prosper and help others also prosper. I told some people from Pakistan who came to see me a few months ago why you cannot hold a dialogue on how you are helping the smaller countries around you and what schemes you have to help your poor and downtrodden people. In Pakistan there are calls for freedom from Pakhtuns, Baloch, Sindh, Baltistan, Gilgit, Muzaffarbad....There are seven freedom movements which want to break away from you," he said.

The RSS leader said, "India never tried to cheat like you did on Kashmir. The day will come when it (Pakistan) will improve. Let peace and brotherhood prevail in the world. India should be strong and the world should be free from violence and riots."

The MRM had invited diplomats of around 61 countries, including Islamic nations.

Diplomats and representatives of Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Iran and Montenegro, besides some other countries, apart from vice chancellors of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Jamia Millia Islamia were also present.

Union Ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Jammu and Kashmir Ministers Abdul Gani Koli and Lal Singh were also present, besides a large number of people from the Muslim community.

"Quran Sharif says 'talaq' is not acceptable to Allah and you are debating on how to carry out this 'gunah' (crime). You should also debate on how the women of India and the world should be free of this," Indresh Kumar said.

The RSS leader said, "I was asked why you have not invited Pakistan, but I said I will ask Muslim Rashtriya Manch."

Talking about the condition of Muslim women in Pakistan, he said if a woman from the community gave testimony in a court case before partition, she was considered as one witness. "Today in Pakistan, when two women give their testimony, it is counted as one," he said.

"That is why I tell them whatever you have got after India's partition, why don't you enjoy it peacefully. Why you can't be a better neighbour.

"It is like we will not prosper and not allow anyone else to prosper, we will neither smile and not let anyone laugh, too. This will not work," he said.

He added the purpose of holding iftar was to promote the spirit of peace, brotherhood and non-violence and make the world riots and violence-free.

"If the heart, mind and soul turns impure, they are full of hatred, they cannot be cleaned up by anything. It is not possible to clean them up. External dirt can be cleaned but not internal. The basic need is goodwill and harmony. Education without human values, professionalism without patriotism gives makes bad people," he said.

On the controversy over remarks of AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi and clerics of Deoband that chanting 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' amounted to idol worship, he said, "I told them now the second treatment is needed to remove fundamentalism from your mind."

"One who is not loyal to one's mother or motherland, cannot be loyal to anyone in the world," he said.

He lamented that terror organisations were using pious words from Islam and giving their religion a bad name by killing innocent people.

The iftar party at Parliament House annexe was apparently organised to shed the 'anti-Muslim' tag of RSS.

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