Reacting to the incident where Shivsena’s volunteers smeared ink on the face of noted Observer and Research Foundation (ORF) chairman Sudheendra Kulkarni to protest against the book launching event of former Pakistan’s Union minister, Pakistan lectured India on pluralism and their Foreign Office, and said that “attempts to disrupt functions organised in respect of prominent Pakistani personalities on visit to India,” is a matter of concern.
India lashed out saying that it does need any lesson from Pakistan in such matter. This is India’s internal problem and India is capable enough to look after its internal affairs.
India does not need to take a lecture from Pakistan. If India has a shortcoming, it is capable of looking after it, top official sources said.
The Centre lashed out saying it does not need a ‘lecture’ as the hostile neighbour is not an ’embodiment of tolerance’. The Indian reaction came after Pakistan Foreign Office said this while referring to the cancellation of a cultural event by ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali and attempts to disrupt a function in Mumbai organised for its former Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri.
According to government sources, India hits back by saying that the Hurriyat being projected as a third party in the Kashmir issue by Pakistan would not be tolerated. India was open for NSA level talks in New York, Pakistan was not. India was adherent to agenda agreed upon in Ufa, Pak was not.
The sources said India still remains interested in NSA-level talks as per the UFA understanding but made it clear that terrorism cannot be an instrument of statecraft.
This act of Shivsena has drawn criticism from all quarters as common people and many prominent leaders of the country took to social media to register their protest and termed this act an attack on the freedom of speech.
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