Those cheering Pakistan can go there: Minorities panel chief Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi

On Tuesday, The Indian Express had reported that 17 men had been charged with sedition, allegedly for celebrating Pakistan’s win. Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani had congratulated Pakistan on the win, while Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had tweeted, “Fireworks all around, feels like an early Eid here.

Written by Abantika Ghosh | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2017 9:12 am
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National Commission for Minorities chairman Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi has said that those who support Pakistan by celebrating their sporting achievements should cross the border and go to that country, “or better still, be deported there”.

Rizvi made the comments while attending an iftar party in Meerut on Tuesday. Speaking to The Indian Express later, he said, “I was asked about people, including those in Kashmir, who celebrated Pakistani win (in the Champions Trophy final). I said these are people whose mind and heart are actually in Pakistan, just their bodies are here, so they too should go there. Or better still, they should be deported across the border.”

Rizvi’s comments were in response to reports of celebrations in Kashmir following Pakistan’s victory over India in the final. On Tuesday, The Indian Express had reported that 17 men — 15 in Madhya Pradesh and two in Karnataka — had been charged with sedition, allegedly for celebrating Pakistan’s win.

Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani had congratulated Pakistan on the win, while Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had tweeted, “Fireworks all around, feels like an early Eid here.

Better team took the day. Congratulations team #Pakistan.”

Rizvi, a former national general secretary of the BJP Minority Morcha, took over as chairman of the National Minorities Commission last month after a nearly four-month hiatus. One of the first statements he made was about his “personal belief” that Kashmiri pandits should be given minority status.

“It is unfortunate that some people say things like Pakistani victory has brought ‘Eid before Eid’. It is sad that they live in India, in Hindustan, and say ‘Pakistan zindabad’. As a Hindustani, this pains me a lot. My statement in Meerut came from those sentiments,” Rizvi said.

Asked why the commission, which is expected to take up pressing concerns pertaining to the six designated minority communities, is getting involved in who supports whom during a cricket match, he said, “I was asked a question. There were three things I could have done. I could have said ‘no comments’, I could have supported those people who live in India but root for Pakistan, or I could have criticised it. I did the last because that is my opinion. It is not as if the commission is taking this matter up at any level.”

Incidentally, on Tuesday, Rizvi was accused by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of taking forward the “separatist agenda” after he announced a helpline to report atrocities against Muslims. “Rizvi, by implementing the agenda of the separatists, is strengthening the feelings of separatism in the Muslim community. (The helpline) makes one feel that the atrocities against the Muslim community have reached such proportions that the extreme step of opening a helpline for the Muslims had to be taken up,” said joint general secretary of the VHP, Surendra Jain.

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    Kamal Pasha
    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:23 pm
    Rizvi you also go with them because they will kick you in the sooner or later.
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      hp
      Jun 22, 2017 at 8:35 pm
      #correct words for those # s
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        RDGoyal
        Jun 22, 2017 at 5:55 pm
        I am unable to understand that all over India whoever rejoiced Pak victory in games an changed anti India slogans , was arrested under the treason provisions if law but inJK why the separatists were not although their action was far more grievous than those of the earliest.
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          fucktraitors
          Jun 22, 2017 at 3:16 pm
          these bloody islamic muslims shoud deport country porki thse muslims even dont get their waste to eat bcz somebody waitng for that.sule malkus
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            Shrihari Kulkarni
            Jun 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm
            In Islamic term these gamdi nasla are called namak harams
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              Aditya
              Jun 22, 2017 at 1:59 pm
              They can cheer for Pakistan....but think of the scene if a few of them are rounded up and told that we are taking you to Pakistan forever. Instantly they would start weeping and the whole mohalla would start begging to let them go free... that is the reality... Indian muslims dread the idea of going to Pakistan they voted with their hands, legs and everything else to create... even dogs have more pride and a spine not to eat food from the hands they hate... will any muslim please come forward and state that they have the guts to buy a one way ticket to Pakistan?
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                Asma
                Jun 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm
                And you apostate Rizvi, can go to hell!!
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                  Swamy
                  Jun 22, 2017 at 1:43 pm
                  This all happens because we give too much of hype to a petty game.Players play it as their profession, they earn in millions, they are stars, they have friendly relation with all opposite teams, as any sports person should have.It is we foolish s who attaches religion, patriotism etc with the mere sport and suffer psychologically. All great ex and current players , even Bollywood stars congratulated the winning team in good spirit.True Indian Spirit of Vasudev Kutumbakum. Saffrons always cry, born to burn others as well self.Jai Hind.
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