I want Muslims like him: Far-right Indian leader praises Javed Akhtar for comments in Pakistan

Javed Akhtar seems to have discovered himself an not likely fan in the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader, Raj Thackeray. The a long way-proper Hindu leader, who was addressing a crowd in Mumbai at the occasion of Gudi Padwa, lauded the screenwriter.

During his speech, at the rally held at Dadar’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Park on Wednesday, Raj Thackeray said, “I need human beings like Javed Akhtar and plenty of more. I want Indian Muslims who communicate towards Pakistan and tell them our electricity. Javed Akhtar does that and I need Muslims like him.”This changed into in reference to Akhtar’s presence on the Faiz Festival in Lahore, which become held to honour the high-quality author, Faiz Ahmad Faiz. It changed into at this event that the wordsmith had said, “The attackers weren’t from Norway, or from Egypt. They are nevertheless found in your usa, so you must no longer be indignant if an Indian complains about this.”

This remark, which essentially spoke approximately the 26/11 Mumbai terror assaults, changed into additionally met with thunderous applause from the Pakistanis seated inside the target market on the pageant. Akhtar also made his displeasure recognized regarding the reality that at the same time as India has hosted many Pakistani artists in the beyond, Pakistan in no way hosted singer Lata Mangeshkar.

When wondered approximately the court cases of the festival upon his go back at an ABP occasion, the author is quoted to have stated, “It became too large, it feels embarrassing, feel like I should no longer move (for such activities). When I got here here, it felt as if I have gained the third World War. The humans and the media have so many reactions. I changed into embarrassed – what’s it that I have said? We have to mention as a lot. Should we stay silent?”

Furthermore, while requested approximately whether or not or no longer he turned into afraid to be vocal about how he felt in Pakistan, he added, “I make such controversial remarks inside the united states in which I became born and could die – why could I be scared in a country I became touring for two days? I am now not scared right here, why might I be scared there?”

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