Those celebrating Pakistan’s win should go there, says minorities panel chief
National Commission for Minorities chairman Gairul Hasan Rizvi said people who feel happy about Pakistan’s victory should go and live there or they can be sent packing for their hearts lie in that country.Updated: Jun 22, 2017 11:39 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
Those who celebrated the Pakistan team’s victory in the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy final should go and live there, National Commission for Minorities (NCM) chairman Gairul Hasan Rizvi has said.
Rizvi made the remarks in Meerut on Tuesday while responding to queries by journalists about reports of celebrations in parts of India after Pakistan won.
The NCM chairman was in the Uttar Pradesh town to attend an iftar party.
Asked about the remarks, Rizvi on Thursday said he was firm on his comments.
“Some people in India reportedly likened Pakistan’s victory to Eid before Eid. I was asked about it... So, I said those who feel happy about Pakistan’s victory should go and live there or they can be sent packing for their hearts lie in that country,” he added.
Rizvi, appointed to the Commission last month, said had he refused to comment on the query, it would have meant he “supported” the celebrations by those who live in India but enjoy Pakistan’s win.
“I feel those who did so, were on the wrong side. Therefore, I said what I said,” said the former leader of the BJP’s minority wing said.
According to media reports, 15 persons were arrested on sedition charges after they allegedly celebrated the neighbouring country’s victory. Similar case was reported also from Kerala where 23 persons were charged on a complaint by a BJP leader.
First Published: Jun 22, 2017 11:38 IST