Indian social activist Anna Hazare says that he is ready to take part in war against Pakistan if needed.
Hazare made the statement in a recent blog post on his website. He said that he had participated in the 1965 war between Pakistan and India, and had survived while his fellow soldiers had been killed.
Even today you can see the marks on my forehead left behind by Pakistan’s bullet.
The statement comes after Hazare had accepted an invitation by a two-member Pakistani delegation to visit Pakistan after his “India yatra”.
Hazare gave his consent while he was in his native village Ralegan Siddhi. He was visited by former Supreme Court judge Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid and eminent peace activist Karamat Ali.
He had said that he would like to visit Pakistan if it “helped the anti-corruption movement there.”
Hazare also said that people said incoherent things about Kashmir and they could not do anything practically. According to The Hindustan Times, the blog post is a response to his aide Prashant Bhushan’s statement on Kashmir.
Hazare said it was his “active conviction” that Kashmir was a vital part of India and that it would remain being so.
The social activist, who is under a vow of silence, said hat some people only speak and do not do anything for Kashmir, which he said was unfortunate.
Earlier, the social activist had carried out a 13-day ‘peaceful’ hunger strike against corruption in India. His protest focused on the anti-graft legislation known as the “Lokpal” (Ombudsman) Bill.
Hazare broke his fast on the request of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who also gave in to his demands.