HYDERABAD: Expressions of virulence by Indian politicians against Pakistan elicited a scathing reaction from several political and religious parties, who took to streets in protest.
“[India’s religious] extremist rulers are still [looking to realise] the dream of Akhan Bharat but, if our spirit of 1965 remains, [they] will bite the dust,” said Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s deputy convener MNA Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.
While speaking to the media at the All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organistion’s 37th founding day commemoration in Hyderabad on Thursday night, Siddiqui said the rulers of the neighbouring country have never accepted the existence of Pakistan. “India, through its blatant conspiracies and military aggression, partitioned the country,” he said, referring to the 1971 war which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s supporters, led by the party’s provincial president Haleem Adil Shaikh, staged a protest outside Hyderabad Press Club on Friday. The protesters burnt an effigy of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and the Indian flag.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf’s leader Syed Ahmed Rashid called for national unity to express outrage against India’s role in terrorist activities in Pakistan and for raising the issue in the comity of nations.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 13th, 2015.