New Delhi: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi, has urged the government to bring a law to punish any person who calls an Indian Muslim “a Pakistani” with a three-year jail term.
Speaking in Parliament, Owaisi said, “Bring a law that if any Muslim is called Pakistani, the person making such remarks will face a three-year jail term.” But added that his demand will not be heard and the BJP-led government will not bring such a bill.
The AIMIM leader, who was taking part in the debate in the Lok Sabha on the motion of thanks to the President’s Address, also claimed that the triple talaq bill was “anti-women.”
The AIMIM chief’s comments come days after Bareilly’s district magistrate (DM) Raghvendra Vikram Singh questioned the “trend” to “enter Muslim localities by force, raise anti-Pakistan slogans and then create ruckus” following the communal conflict in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj.
In his Facebook post, the DM wrote: “Ajab rivaz ban gaya hai. Muslim mohallo me jabrdasti julus le jao aur Pakistan murdabad ke nare lagao. Kyon bhai, ve Pakistani hain kya? Yehi yahan Bareilly mein Khailam mein hua tha. Fir patharav hua, mukadme likhe gaye…” (A very strange trend has started of late. Take out processions by force through Muslim dominated localities and raise anti-Pakistan slogans. Why? Are these people Pakistani? The same thing had happened in Khailam village of Bareilly. Then stones were pelted, FIRs lodged).
Owaisi has himself, faced the “go to Pakistan” remark in the past. In March 2016, The Shiv Sena slammed Asaduddin Owaisi, asking him to “go to Pakistan” for refusing to chant ‘Bharat mata ki jai’.
Shiv Sena minister Ramdas Kadam had said, “Owaisi doesn’t deserve to stay in India because he does not respect the country that has given him so much. He should go to Pakistan or we will drive him out of this country.”
Owaisi while replying had said, “I will never say ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ because the Indian constitution has not made this slogan mandatory. I will not chant the slogan even if they put a knife to my neck.”