Ex-minister slams PM on ‘India friendship’

Published: March 21, 2017
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with his Indian counterpart Narendar Modi. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with his Indian counterpart Narendar Modi. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Former federal minister Muhammad Ali Durrani said Pakistan was created in the name of Allah and He is the one who will protect our country from evil eyes. No ruler can change the basic nature of an Islamic Pakistan.

Challenging Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, he demanded that a referendum should be held on premier’s assumption, asking the nation if they wanted friendship with India or freedom of Kashmir.

Nawaz will lose if he runs for the next elections on the basis of his recent claims regarding the maintenance of friendship with India, he added.

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He said that the present government credited their victory in 2013 to the friendship with India which was a part of a well-conceived strategy to attack the very foundations of Pakistan’s Ideology.

While talking to The Express Tribune on Monday, he said when Hindu extremism was on the rise in India, its leadership was busy shedding secular colour of its forefathers.

He said that the Pakistani leadership, instead of remaining steadfast to its original Islamic ideology, is busy eroding the founding roots by making secular overtures to please the chauvinist leadership of Hindutva.

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Praising sacrifices and courage of Kashmiris against worst state oppression by occupied forces, he said people of Indian administered Kashmir announced their verdict in unequivocal terms for accession with Pakistan. Using pellet guns, the Indians have been playing Holi with the blood of innocent Kashmiris seeking freedom, he said

He questioned how an enemy of the people of Kashmir can become the friend of Pakistan? Our friendship depended on the resolution of Kashmir issue. Any illusion of friendship with Modi, devoid of Kashmir, was sheer deviation from the Ideology of Pakistan, he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 21st, 2017.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Yogesh
    Mar 21, 2017 - 8:55AM

    Such hate spewing words against minorities by a former union minister! A theocratic state worried about secular credentials of India! God! What irony.Recommend

  • Arif Mohammed
    Mar 21, 2017 - 9:19AM

    This perpetual self defeating posture is the doom of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Usama
    Mar 21, 2017 - 10:41AM

    Muhammad Ali Durrani Just trying to be relevant all the time.Who is he to make such statements. Ordinary Stuff Recommend

  • ToThePoint
    Mar 21, 2017 - 12:53PM

    Haha. What is most surprising is that he got himself in the news.Recommend

  • Amir Chitta
    Mar 21, 2017 - 1:23PM

    Mr. Durrani was LACKING, Dictator’s shoes during his last ministry.
    The dictator was almost same to INDIA and I am unable to recall such kind of TIMELY & PRECIOUS ADVICE by the honourable minister to then Army Cheif/President of Pakistan???Recommend

  • Shahid
    Mar 21, 2017 - 4:37PM

    We want peace with India! Let people visit each others country freely.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 21, 2017 - 4:44PM

    The guy has valid points of friction! the question however is the use of methodoligy for the resolution, a kind of brinkanship or appeasment, both are flawed, only diplomacy and mutual interests could bring awareness to both parties that peace between the people and not land must remain the priority.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 21, 2017 - 5:26PM

    Allah has also said to live peacefully with your neighbors. Love, peace and friendship can solve our problems. We have tried every other method to resolve our issues with India, why not now give chance to friendship, trade and business. This guy may not like it, PML(N) will win next next elections with great majority. Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 21, 2017 - 6:34PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    You have valid point; the question however if the Sharifs who are accused of hoarding peoples wealth in off shores account to negotiate with the popular Indian leader?Yir is very weak and your prediction is exagerated. Allah alone knows the truth.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Seen
    Mar 22, 2017 - 12:50AM

    Look at PM only, we feel in complex reviewing the Indians comments on this.Recommend

  • hore choopo
    Mar 22, 2017 - 6:18AM

    @khudada Chauhdary
    Indaian Muslims are better off and happy with India. If u dont believe, visit any country abroad and talk to ]ndian muslims.We dont need nasim hijazis and M.A durranis..Occupied Kashmir is more developed than Azad Kashmir.India should give right of self determination to Kashmiris—-.however..Recommend

  • Komal S
    Mar 22, 2017 - 6:25AM

    We agree, no need for friendship. No talks until India hands over kashmir. We all know india is in no mood to talk Kashmir. So we simply do not talk. Pls do not send your movie stars, do not screen Bollywood movies, do not ask for cricket series, no Indus water discussion, no visas for our people to visit each other. That is what enemy countries, let us do that in full spirit.Recommend

  • Pukubanger
    Mar 22, 2017 - 10:57AM

    I am torn with this love and hate feelings. I know the present day Pakistan, Afghanistan and central Asia are peopled with my cousins of millions of years. Yet, the religious rivalry is so much that we want to smash each other into ashes. The very land that I want to smash is the very land I want to visit and cherish the old links. Well, only one of the two desires is possible. God will decide what it will be. Recommend

  • Iqbal Thaheem
    Mar 22, 2017 - 2:46PM

    Unfortunately the people of the region which includes, India,Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan have been made slaves in the name of religion and security. We are hostage to these two factors. The potential for growth is enormous, there is no dirty of talent in the region which is going waste just like our farm products which perishes due to non availability of proper facilities. We are killing our own youth and turning them to criminals. I wish we can someday get rid of this and bury the hatred, but until then economic growth will remain a distant dream.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Mar 22, 2017 - 3:13PM

    @Pukubanger:
    No religious rivalry. Hindu India is friendly with iran, iraq, syria, afghanisthan, malaysia, bangladesh, maldives, oman, uae. India has respects for saudi arabia being custodian for holy sites. So it is not religious rivalry. It is only territorial issues.There is hope for peace in this region.Recommend

  • Javed akhter
    Mar 23, 2017 - 11:34PM

    There we are talking about
    Who is right and who is wrong to me no land is sacred than human life.we must live in peace and harmony with our neighbours.Love will and love only can solve any differences. we must engage in dialogue to solve all issues. Majority of us want to have peace in our lives so Please Give peace a chance. Recommend

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