Two-and-a-half months after he was suspended from primary membership of Congress party, Mani Shankar Aiyar was spotted at the AICC headquarters on Friday.
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Aiyar, who is in Karachi to attend a literature festival, on Tuesday said he receives “much more hatred in India” than the love showered on him by people in Pakistan. He also claimed that people applaud him in Pakistan because he talks of peace.
Mani Shankar Aiyar also called for “uninterrupted and uninterruptible” talks between India and Pakistan to resolve longstanding issues. Pakistani news channel Geo News TV quoted him as saying that he regrets that New Delhi doesn’t reciprocate Islamabad’s push to resolve issues through dialogue.
Aiyar, who was once the consul general in Karachi, has fond memories of the city and has many friends and admirers there, and is apparently, a toast of the Pakistan’s literary circuit.
“If Rahul Gandhi regards himself and his family members as ‘Shiv Bhakts’ (devotees of Lord Shiva), what is wrong in that?” Aiyar said. “Can this be held as communalism? And the party which is propagating communalism is the saffron party (BJP),” he told
The plea by Agrawal, who contested the last Lok Sabha election against Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli, said the meeting was held at the south Delhi residence of Aiyar which was attended among others by Pakistan’s High Commissioner and an ex-foreign minister of that country
The senior Congress leader who made healdines for his ‘neech’ remark against the prime minister was approached in Kolkata by a reporter.
“Some of our leaders also should restrain themselves, particularly on the eve of the elections and during the elections. One should be very careful.”
The Congress had to face a lot of criticism after Aiyar termed PM Modi as ‘neech’ (low-born) and said he was not civilised enough and should refrain from practising “dirty politics”.
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Chinmaya Gharekhan, a former special envoy of the Prime Minister on west Asia from 2005 to 2009, said: “I can say that there was absolutely no mention, let alone discussion, of Gujarat or any other domestic political issue, Indian or Pakistani.”
The Law Minister was retorting to Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal’s remarks, who said India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate and win polls on own strength
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate and “win victories on its own strength.”