Under attack from BJP leaders for his letter to United Nations seeking intervention on “communal incidents” in India, Uttar Pradesh Minority Affairs Minister Azam Khan said that even after six decades of independence, Muslims in India were being threatened to be sent back to Pakistan. “For how long would we be asked to go to Pakistan?, asked Azam, at an official function in Lucknow to felicitate meritorious students in Urdu. He said that there were forces, who were trying to turn “Hindustan into Hindu Rastra” but “neither Mulayam nor Akhilesh is ready to let Hindustan being turned into Hindu Rastra”.
Targeting the BJP for objecting to the financial help to the family of Akhlaq, Azam said, “Many questions were asked and objections were raised by forces like BJP when financial help was given to a poor family, who lost a member. But world is not blind and is watching the turn of events from Babari to Dadari”.
Azam said that such voices would soon be suppressed. He further added that during Independence Muslims did not leave the country to be part of the “Islamic state” because they had a belief about India being a secular country but certain forces were trying to change that. “People of this country are not frogs. People of the world are watching what is happening in the country, which was known for non-violence and secularism,” said Azam.
Replying to reactions on his letter to United Nation seeking intervention after murder of Akhlaq in Dadri and hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Azam said when he raised the issue of a poor family then people felt that it brought insult to the country but “what about Prime Minister seeking investment in America by telling them that people in our country are corrupt. Would anyone come to a country like this to invest? Or would the investment come by wearing Rs 2 lakh shoes abroad?”
He said that no one cried foul when some of the organisations wrote to United Nations in the Badaun rape case but the very allegations were later found to be false. “Why they were not asked to go to Pakistan? Where were these forces then?, Why no one questioned them” asked Azam. Taking the comparison further, Azam said, “When Satyarthi (Kailash Satyarthi) wrote about Child labour, he was given nobel prize. No one asked him to go to Pakistan”