India hits back: Don’t need Pakistan lecture on tolerance

The Indian reaction came after Pakistan Foreign Office said it "noted with concern attempts to disrupt functions organised in respect of prominent Pakistani personalities on visit to India".

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 14, 2015 3:02 am
Sudheendra Kulkarni, Shiv Sena, Pakistan Sudheendra Kulkarni, chairman of the Observer Research Foundation Mumbai, with his face smeared with black ink, speaks to journalists in Mumbai, India, October 12, 2015. (Source: REUTERS)

With Pakistan expressing “concern” over Shiv Sena’s attempt to disrupt its former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book launch in Mumbai by smearing black paint on the face of the event’s organiser, Sudheendra Kulkarni, New Delhi on Tuesday slammed Islamabad for “lecturing” it on tolerance and pluralism.

When asked about Pakistan’s statement, a top official source said, “(As if) Pakistan is the embodiment of tolerance and pluralism. India does not need to take a lecture from Pakistan. If India has a shortcoming, it is capable of looking after it.”

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Pakistan had expressed concern over the campaign against prominent Pakistani personalities in India by a “fundamentalist organisation” and said there was a need to put an end to such incidents.

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Earlier, the Shiv Sena had threatened to disrupt Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali’s concerts, leading to the cancellation of his events in Mumbai and Pune.

“We have noted with concern the attempts to disrupt functions organised in respect of prominent Pakistani personalities on visit to India,” the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday.

The spokesperson referred to the cancellation of Ghulam Ali’s concert “because of threats from a fundamentalist organisation” and attempts to disrupt the book launch function of Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri. “There is a need to ensure that such incidents do not re-occur,” he said.

Despite the protest, the organisers on Monday had gone ahead with the book launch.

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    US NRI
    Oct 13, 2015 at 7:35 pm
    If you are not mumbaikar your reaction is ought to be different but this city has suffered the worst of stan sposnored terrorist attacks
    1. Amit Yadav
      Oct 13, 2015 at 5:29 pm
      stan should first think about hindus in stan and then open thier mouth bloody porkis
      1. P
        Oct 13, 2015 at 6:09 pm
        How many Indian writers have launched books in stan....
        1. Atul Gurtu
          Oct 13, 2015 at 5:29 pm
          Let's all agree that stan is in a very poor state. It can't lecture to anybody on pluralism, terrorism, etc etc. Their society is already an extremely intolerant one, with no space for minorities, different opinions, etc. But, let's be honest and ask ourselves, are we going in the same direction? By recent actions, specially the lynching at Dadri and later the behavior of the Shiv Sena, haven't we given the same signal of growing intolerance? And mind you, Shiv Sena can't be brushed aside as a "fringe" organisation. It's part of the Central and Maharashtra governments. So, I completely agree that stan has no right to lecture, but we have brought it upon ourselves. The damage has been done. Pictures of the blackened face of Mr Kulkarni are part of international cyber-space.
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            Balaji Canchi
            Oct 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm
            Oh... strange. The epicenter for terrorism chants Bible.. sorry Quran. ins will not be given a chance to talk about Compion! One year...... just one year can they maintain peace in their country? terrorism is boomerang, you through on others every time, it will definitely come on you. Let Pak learn to live her own life in peacefully manner first before throwing advice on others'.
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