New Delhi: Activists from Hindu religious organisation Sri Ram Sena have attacked a group of Pakistani journalists here on Wednesday. According to sources, the Shri Ram Sena extremists entered New Delhi’s India International Center where a meeting of Indo-Pak Forum was going on. It is told that that They thrashed visiting Pakistani journalists and chanted anti-Pakistan slogans.
The trouble started when Pakistani journalist Khan Yusufzai (The News) referred to an article which suggested India to attack Pakistan after the Mumbai attacks while speaking at the seminar on the theme ‘Is Media Jingoism fanning Indo-Pak Tensions?’
Reports reveal that around 10 to 30 people sitting inside the main auditorium started shouting slogans like ‘Pakistan Hai Hai’ and ‘Pakistan Murdabad’. They also demanded that the seminar should be immediately wrapped up. However security personnel intervened and the protesters were taken out of the hall.
“The meeting was disrupted for a brief period. It resumed after some time,” Madhur Trehan, one of the organisers and president of the Foundation of Media Professionals, said.
Yusufzai while commenting on this incident said it was unfortunate for some people to disrupt such peaceful discussions. “We were not representing any governments, though I think they wanted to make a point,” he said.
For many it has an attempt to destroy Ind-Pak relation; where tensions have already escalated in wake of Mumbai terrorist Attacks in November; However one website of Tha Indian has said that
Owning responsibility for the act, Sene national general secretary Binay Kumar Singh told IANS:
“Everything was pre-planned as we wanted to disrupt the seminar.” He said around 30 members of the group were present there. Speakers at the seminar were making comments against India and they were relating India with the recent terror attack on a police academy in Lahore. How can one listen to it? Pakistan has become a global problem and war is the only solution,”
Besides this incident is condemned; world should also know that India has also Talibanised elements within its secular and liberal society; that immediately casts away the impressions of Indian Journalists that these activists wanted cheap popularity through media.
Commenting on recent incident; People in Pakistan are saying that so-called reputation of liberal India is diffused with such incidents. Previously Pakistani artists including Shakil Siddiqui and Kashif Khan have been threatened by Hindu extremists. These two artists have been participating in Indian TV channels programes Comedy Circus and Kantay ki Takkar for last several months. They have won the hearts of millions of Indian regardless of Hindus or Muslims with their talents. Similarly Pakistani Cricket players have been asked not to visit India due to threats from Indian extremist elements.
After Mumbai Terrorist Attacks India and Pakistan are facing increased tensions; that have led to serious situation and such incidents beside condemnation from both sides of boarder call for immediate action against such elements. Such incidents add feul to fire in agony of segments of the society who want to disrupt peace efforts.