• Associate Sponsor

Congress distances itself from Mani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘Pakistan love’ remark

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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: February 14, 2018 3:46 pm
Congress distances itself from Mani Shankar Aiyar's 'Pakistan love' remark Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi addressing a press conference (ANI Twitter)

The Congress party on Wednesday distanced itself from the remark made by Mani Shankar Aiyar that he receives “much more hatred in India than the love he receives in Pakistan”, saying the suspended party leader doesn’t have any right to speak on the behalf of the party.

“The remark is his own, he is suspended from the Congress party. He doesn’t have any right to speak on the behalf of the party,” ANI quoted Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi as saying in a press conference.

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.

“Thousands of people, whom I don’t know, hug me, wish me. I receive much more hatred in India than the love I receive in Pakistan. So I am happy to be here. They are clapping for me because I speak of peace,” Aiyar told ANI.

On Monday, the suspended Congress leader 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. “And I am very proud and half very sad that this sentence of these three words has been accepted as Pakistan policy, but has not been accepted as Indian policy,” he was quoted as saying.

Aiyar was suspended by the Congress for “neech” remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Gujarat Assembly elections campaign. Aiyar had apologised for his statement and blamed his poor command over Hindi for the misunderstanding.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. R
    RajShri
    Feb 15, 2018 at 1:11 pm
    It's not just problem with Indo-Pak relations, we can find resembling problem between Israel- Palestine or West vs ISIS. Jehadis want law of Allah and not rules made by human beings to run a society.
    (7)(2)
    Reply
    1. Shriram Bapat
      Feb 15, 2018 at 8:26 am
      Congress and Mani playing their good cop bad cop roles. All well rehe d and going as per plan.
      (3)(0)
      Reply
      1. B
        bhatnagar
        Feb 14, 2018 at 9:21 pm
        it appears that this neech aadmi is on the pay role of ISI and working as sleeping cell agent in india.
        (4)(0)
        Reply
        1. Lalitha Lakshmanan
          Feb 14, 2018 at 8:57 pm
          AMAZING CONGRESS AND ALLOWS ITS LEADERS TO LOVE PAKISTAN AND HATE INDIA. A VERY GOOD THESE FOR THE CONGRESS -2018.
          (5)(0)
          Reply
          1. M.s. Venkatraghavan
            Feb 14, 2018 at 8:40 pm
            Mani Shankar Iyer is loved by Pakistan.If this being the truth he must ask Pakistan to handover Hafeez Sayed and Dawood Ibrahim to stand trial in India for all those crimes committed agsinst innocent Indians. I think Mani must take tablets or else days are not far off for him to be admitted and chained to the bed.
            (4)(0)
            Reply
            1. Load More Comments