Lucknow: The BJP in Uttar Pradesh will stage protests in every district on Saturday against Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto’s personal comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the party has said.
State BJP president Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary issued a statement on Friday evening, terming Bhutto’s statement against Modi “indecent” and “shameful”. He said the party would stage protests at the district level in the entire state on Saturday.
BJP workers staged a protest in Mathura on Friday and burnt an effigy of the Pakistani minister.
State BJP general secretary Govind Narayan Shukla said party workers would hold a protest in capital Lucknow around 12 noon.
Chaudhary said under the leadership of PM Modi, India has been recognised as a strong nation in the whole world.
“The statement of the Pakistani foreign minister, who has failed on every front, shows his frustration and disappointment,” he added.
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In a strong condemnation, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Friday too said the Pakistan foreign minister’s “frustration” would be better directed towards the masterminds of terrorist enterprises in his own country that has made terrorism a part of its “state policy”.
“Pakistan is a country that glorifies Osama bin Laden as a martyr, and shelters terrorists like (Zakiur Rehman) Lakhvi, Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar, Sajid Mir and Dawood Ibrahim. No other country can boast of having 126 UN-designated terrorists and 27 UN-designated terrorist entities,” Bagchi said.
Bagchi said Pakistan foreign minister’s “uncivilised outburst” seemed to be a result of Pakistan’s increasing inability to use terrorists and their “proxies”.
The Pakistan foreign minister resorted to a personal attack against PM Modi and slammed the RSS after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s highlighted Pakistan’s support to various terror groups and described the country as the “epicentre of terrorism”.
Jaishankar told the UN Security Council that the “contemporary epicentre of terrorism” remains very much active and called for collective action to tackle them. Though Jaishankar did not name any countries, it was apparent that he was making a veiled reference to Pakistan.
Later, he told reporters that the world sees Pakistan as the epicenter of terrorism and recalled US leader Hillary Clinton’s blunt message to Islamabad in 2011 that snakes in one’s backyard will eventually bite those who keep them.
Reacting to Pakistan Foreign Minister’s comments, Bagchi said, “these comments are a new low, even for Pakistan. The foreign minister of Pakistan has obviously forgotten this day in 1971, which was a direct result of the genocide unleashed by Pakistani rulers against ethnic Bengalis and Hindus.” Unfortunately, Pakistan does not seem to have changed much in the treatment of its minorities and it certainly lacks credentials to cast aspersions at India, Bagchi added.
The spokesperson was referring to India’s victory over Pakistan on December 16, 1971, which led to the birth of Bangladesh.
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