NCP chief’s message to those asking Muslims to ‘go to Pakistan’

PUNE: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar said those who keep asking Muslims to “go to Pakistan” have no knowledge about Pakistan or India.

According to a leading news agency, the former Union Minister was in Pune on Saturday at a release of the book “We The Change” penned by senior journalist Sanjay Awate.

Speaking at the event, he said, “When an individual from the minority community expresses his opinion, and if that opinion is not liked by some people, the person is asked to go to Pakistan, he is told he has no right to live in this country.”

“What is Pakistan? Before Partition, it was a part of India. The people who lived there were Indians and during Partition, people from both the countries went from here to there and vice versa,” he said.

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The NCP chief who was aslo president of the International Cricket Council, said that he got the opportunity to visit neighbour Pakistan many times. “I could meet the common people of Pakistan… I observed that they have affection for Indians. There are people in Pakistan whose relatives are in India but due to the strained relations between the two countries, they do not get the opportunity to come to India,” Pawar said.

“Those who keep blurting out ‘go to Pakistan’, such people have no knowledge about Pakistan or India,” he said.