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Azam detention: SP blames 'weak' foreign policy

PTI  Lucknow, April 27, 2013
First Published: 19:03 IST(27/4/2013) | Last Updated: 19:06 IST(27/4/2013)

Samajwadi Party on Saturday said the detention of UP minister Azam Khan at a US airport was fallout of a "weak" foreign policy of the country.

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SP said the US should be told that such "discriminatory" actions would henceforth not be tolerated.

"The incident of misbehaviour with Khan is a fallout of weak foreign policy due to which India is emerging as a weak nation in the eyes of the entire world... Countries like Maldives, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal have also started browbeating India. China has entered Indian teritory..." SP spokesman and state Cabinet minister Rajendra Chowdhury said.

"It should be made clear (to US) that such incidents with Indians will not be tolerated any more. Discrimination in the name of caste and colour should be immediately stopped by the US," Chowdhury said.

Supporting UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's stand of not going ahead with his scheduled lecture at Harvard University in the light of the incident, Chowdhury said that he had shown his political maturity by doing so.

"He has protected national self-respect by cancelling his lecture," Chowdhury said, comparing the UP CM with Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, who, according to him, too was arrested in US in a similar case.


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