Iftar Invite To Pak Envoy Withdrawn Post Pampore Attack

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Islamabad: A Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliate group Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) has withdrawn its invitation to Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit for an Iftar party after 8 CRPF soldiers were killed in a terrorist ambush in Pampore in Jammu and Kashmir.

Basit was invited for an Iftar party which is to be held at Parliament annexe on July 2. “We have cancelled the invite of Pak High Comissioner. We can’t have iftar with them when our soldiers are being killed. We want to send a strong message that India will not tolerate this,” MRM functionary Mohammad Afzal said.

In an extremely callous remark when questioned about the Pampore attacks, Basit insisted that people should rather focus on Iftar party during Ramzan. “It’s the month of Ramzan. Let us focus on Iftar party. Let’s not talk politics, we can talk about political party we have a lot of time even after Ramzan. This is Iftar party, let’s enjoy ourselves,” he had said.

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Denying the invite to the Pakistani envoy, MRM added that Basit’s remark on Pampore attack was “very insensitive”. The MRM has taken several initiatives and organised Iftar parties in various places including Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai among other cities. According to its website, the MRM is a group of nationalist Muslims and functionaries of the RSS, which was initially called “Rashtravadi Muslim Andolan-Ek Nayi Raah”.

Even though the RSS does not include the MRM in the list of its 36 affiliates, the organisation was founded in 2002 by former RSS chief KS Sudarshan and has had close links with the Sangh.