New Delhi: Amid an anti-Pakistan discourse developing nationwide in wake of ghastly Pulwama terror attack that claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel on Thursday, Swami Agnivesh in an exclusive with Zee News stressed on evidence-backed allegations against Pakistan.Also Read - Pakistan Crush Bangladesh by Eight Wickets; Take 1-0 Lead in Test Series
He said, “We should blame Pakistan only after having strong evidences against them. Pakistan has already condemned the attack. Had they not condemned it, we could have blame them.” Also Read - Ramiz Raja-PSL Franchise Owners Meeting Turn Ugly Over Argument on Salary Cap
The social activist added that to blame India’s belligerent neighbour is a separate issue and does not gain relevance in face of the fact that the suicide bomber was an Indian Kashmiri. Also Read - Pakistani Model's Photoshoot With Uncovered Head in Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara Sparks Row, Police Launches Probe
Swami Agnivesh’s comments resonate with Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s recent remarks on the Pulwama terror attack, wherein he said that the entire nation (Pakistan) cannot be condemned for an act of some cowards.
Sidhu’s view of the Pulwama terror attack and its perpetrators soon raked up a massive controversy, following which he was removed from a TV channel show and since has been at the bitter end of criticism from citizens nationwide.
Issuing a clarification later, the Congress leader said that his statements were distorted to disrupt his plans ahead of the Lok Sabha election. According to a Hindustan Times report, Sidhu said, “Nationalism is the highest religion and I stand by my nation”, he said. “I echo the sentiments of my country. India’s voice is my voice and I strongly stand by my party’s stand.”
Known for his campaign against bonded labour through his foundation Bandhua Mukti Morcha (Bonded Labour Liberation Front), Swami Agnivesh is a tall social activist who has always been at loggerheads with saffron fringes.
In 2011, Agnivesh courted trouble when he questioned the reverence showered on Amarnath Shiva temple’s shivling, calling it a block of ice nonetheless.
Following this, a bounty was put on his head by a Hindu group for his alleged derogatory remarks. He was also condemned by the Supreme Court for hurting the sentiments of Hindu People.
Recently in 2018, the Bandhua Mukti Morcha leader was attacked in Jharkhand’s Pakur district for rallying in support of tribals protesting against mass land acquisition by state government for the corporate lobby.