Indian Muslims are capable of solving their problems... We don't need your advice.. Don't try to alienate Indian Muslims by your remarks, here or in Pakistan."
This blunt message was conveyed to former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf by a prominent Muslim leader Mehmood Madani at a function inIndia.
Madani, member of Rajya Sabha and leader of Jamat-e-Ulema-i-Hind, made it clear to the Pakistani leader that he or his country need not bother about the condition of Muslims in India.
"Don't start your politics of Pakistan from here," Madani told Musharraf after the latter claimed that Muslims in India were alienated and suggested that this was one of the reasons for terrorism here. Virtually rattling the former Pakistani military ruler, Madani said,"Pakistan ki jitni total population hai , us se zyada population haiIndian Muslims ki . (Population of Muslims in India is more than that total population of Pakistan). You should be knowing this.
" When Musharraf said he was aware of it, Madani said, "If you know this,then you should also know that Indian Muslims have the capability to solve their problems. We don't need your advise. Don't try to alienate Indian Muslims by your remarks, here or in Pakistan."
A stunned Musharraf, who was in New Delhi to attend the India Today conclave, was left visibly upset and did not seem to know what to say in response.
Mr Madani's passionate rebuttal of Mushraaf will surely help in countering the false impression in many that Indian Muslims are looking towards Pakistan for help. This also indicate how hollow is the Pakistani claim that it represents the voice of South Asian Muslim community. In this context we should also remember that Bangladeshi voters did defeat pro-Pak political parties by a big margin in recent elections.
Mushaaraf tried to do what he knows best.To incite and cause unrest. History will surely judge him as one who tried his best to destabilise Pakistan.
Why such a dictator,the cause of Kargil war was invited by India Today Group?
A delegation of Pakistani leaders [not dictators] are in India from March 1.
Why none of those leaders who promotes peace and talks in a sane voice were invited?
Read excerpts from their speeches here 1 2 3 4