Asaduddin Owaisi slams those questioning Muslims’ patriotism

"BJP must explain its stand on J&K Chief Minister Mahbooba Mufti’s call that India should open a dialogue with Pakistan on Kashmir issue," AIMIM president, Asaduddin Owaisi said.

By Author  |  Published: 13th Feb 2018  8:47 pm
Asaduddin Owaisi
File Photo: AIMIM president Asadudddin Owaisi

Hyderabad: Prime Minster Narendra Modi, the ruling BJP and those who question patriotism of Muslims in India have much to answer for in the wake of the terrorist attack on the Indian Army camp at Sunjuwan, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi said.

He said the Prime Minister and BJP also owe an explanation as to who takes responsibility for allowing repeated attacks on Indian Army camps.

He also took a swipe at some primetime news shows on television saying “every night at 9 pm, we hear the so-called ‘9 pm nationalists’ shouting, blaming and questioning the nationalism of Muslims and Kashmiri Muslims. In the Sunjuwan attack, five Kashmiri Muslims have laid down their lives. Why aren’t you talking about this?”

This incident, Owaisi declared, “is a reminder to all those nationalists who question my integrity and love for this country.”

Owaisi was speaking to the media at the party headquarters here on Tuesday. The BJP, he said, also must explain its stand on Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mahbooba Mufti’s call that India should open a dialogue with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.

“It is for the BJP to say. It is supporting Mahbooba Mufti. I want to know from Prime Minister Modi what his stand is on BJP-supported Chief Minister saying this,” Owaisi said.

Owaisi said his view on the government’s approach on this issue was irrelevant. “Tomorrow, the Prime Minister can easily land in Pakistan and enter a marriage. He can go there and have vegetable biryani. The relevant and pertinent point is what this government has to say about its alliance partner’s stand,” he said.

He regretted that the government was not learning its lessons from past incidents. In 2003 too, 13 brave Army people lost their lives. “The terrorists used the same route, they came from a nala, cut the perimeter fence and assassinated our soldiers. The same thing happened this time,” he said.

“We have to learn our lessons. We have to put some responsibility because this is a continuous pattern. I condemn this attack. But I also have to know what the answers are from this government,” Owaisi said.

He also wondered why the Prime Minister, who should be free now that his trip to the Gulf was over, was silent on the attack and not tweeted on the attack.

On RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comments that the organisation’s cadre can be readied to be an army in three days, Owaisi wanted to know how a cultural body could claim to train its cadres as an army. He called Bhagwat’s statement “very grave,” one with a lot of messages, repercussions and ramifications. The country should see how the chief of a cultural organisation could make such a claim.

“If that is what Bhagwat believes, then he should lead and stand in front of the LOC and the Indian border,” Owaisi added on the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s six-State yatra that kicked off on Tuesday from Ayodhya in support of constructing a Ram temple there, he said this was an attempt to divert the attention of people from more problems such as unemployment, adverse impact of GST and increasing terrorist attacks in India.