Bilawal's 'butcher of Gujarat' statement makes Modi lovers angry

It seems Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto has hit the right note as the BJP supporters on Friday staged a protest near Pakistan’s embassy in New Delhi, Indian media reported.

The protest comes with Arindam Bagchi – the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson – in a statement described Bilawal’s comments as “uncivilsed outburst”.

Moreover, he yet against accused Pakistan of sponsoring, harbouring, and actively financing terrorist and terrorist organisations.

Chanting slogans against Pakistan and demanding an apology, the BJP workers were protesting against Bilawal’s remarks in which he had said that although Osama bin Laden was dead, the butcher of Gujarat was the Prime Minister of India.

During the protest, police in New Delhi had placed barricades to stop the crowd from marching towards the Pakistan embassy. However, they managed to break through the first sets of obstacles but the police were able to block their way at the second line of barricades, reported India Today.

The police brought water cannons to control the situation and also detained some of the protesting BJP workers.

“I would like to remind Mr Jaishankar that Osama bin Laden is dead, but the butcher of Gujarat lives, and he is the prime minister [of India],” Bilawal had told a UN briefing room.

He was responding to Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar who had just minutes earlier accused Pakistan of harbouring terrorism and housing Osama bin Laden.

The foreign minister added: “He [Narendra Modi] was banned from entering this country (the United States). These are the prime minister and foreign minister of RSS which draws inspiration from Hitler’s SS,” he added.

A journalist asked Bilawal why the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers were engaged in a war of words, to which his reply was, “This is not in a war of words. I have not noticed.”

He also added that he was a victim of terrorism as his mother was killed by terrorists along with thousands of other Pakistanis.

“We have lost far more lives to terrorism than India did,” said the foreign minister. He pointed out that “India has been playing in the space” that had made it “very easy” to bracket Muslims with terrorism. “India has very skilfully blurred this line, making like us all terrorists who are actually victims.”

India had continuously perpetuated this philosophy, not just for Pakistani but Muslims in India too, he stressed.


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