PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti on Friday lashed out at those saying Muslims should “go to Pakistan” asserting that the “nation owns us and we own the nation”, even as AIMIM member Asaduddin Owaisi sought that “right to life” of Muslims should be ensured.
Amid the intolerance debate, Mehbooba pointed out that there was tolerance in India as people had spoken out against the Dadri incident where a Muslim was lynched on suspicions of storing beef.
She added that the situation was not so in countries such as Syria and Pakistan where Muslims killed their own community members and nobody spoke about it.
“To those who ask (Muslims) to go to Pakistan, I want to say that the nation owns us and we own the nation,” she said in the Lok Sabha while participating in the debate on the Constitution.
She also referred to writers returning their awards, saying it showed tolerance and no politics should be attached to it. “Indian Muslims follow the real Islam. This is also because the Hindu majority (community) is very tolerant. Babasaheb must have taken tolerance from Hinduism. The way Hinduism has tolerance, perhaps no one has,” she said.
Later, Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the right to life for Muslims in India must be protected as the Constitution provides equal fundamental rights to every citizen. He also asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fulfill his promise of being the PM of every community in the country.
Owaisi also asked for secularism to be defined clearly and sought reservation for Muslims in Parliament.