Sanjay Raut says President Murmu, PM Modi should felicitate Javed Akhtar for his 26/11 remarks in Pakistan
Uddhav Thackeray Faction leader Sanjay Raut on Thursday praised Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar for slamming Pakistan for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in Lahore. Raut said one needs the courage to speak against Pakistan in Pakistan itself, adding that President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should felicitate him.
Speaking to the media, Raut said Akhtar showed them their place in their own land. What he did needs courage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and Home Minister Amit Shah made big claims after the surgical strike (September 2016) as if Pakistan was wiped off the world map. They should commend Akhtar for his statements. Akhtar has shown his patriotism and everyone should support him, he added.
Raut said Akhtar is the idol of the country. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), PM Modi, and Home Minister Amit Shah say Hum Ghus Ke Maarenge (we will kill our enemies inside their territory), that is good and we should do that but this time Javed Akhtar Sahab has hit the enemies inside their territory, he added.
Javed Akhtar’s statement on 26/11 Mumbai attacks
Recently, Javed Akhtar was in Pakistan to attend the two-day Faiz Festival in Lahore. At a literary event held in memory of renowned Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, he was asked how they [Pakistanis] can change the perception of India towards their country. To which the poet-lyricist said but we [Indians] in Mumbai have seen the attacks (of 26/11). Those attackers didn’t come from Norway or they didn’t land from Egypt. They are still roaming freely in Pakistan. So you shouldn’t be offended if there’s a grouse and bitterness in Indian hearts over the 26/11 attacks, he added.
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He said he wouldn’t hesitate to say that though we Indians have organized so many grand functions of Nusrat (Fateh Ali Khan) sahab and Mehdi Hassan sahab in our country, you couldn’t organize a single event of Lata (Mangeshkar) ji.
At least 174 people, including 20 security force personnel and 26 foreigners, were killed and more than 300 injured in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.
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