Hindu right wing party warns of disruption if former Pakistani foreign minister’s book launch is not cancelled
Hindu right-wing Shiv Sena called on Sunday for the cancellation of former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book launch event in Mumbai.
Shiv Sena leader Ashish Chemburkar warned the management of the convention centre where the book launch is scheduled to take place on October 12 against holding the event.
In a letter, Chemburkar warned the director of Nehru Planetarium, according to IBN Live.
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“The people at Nehru Planetarium where the event is scheduled, told us they will try to cancel it,” Chemburkar said.
“We have informed them that we will disrupt the event if it is not cancelled,” he added.
The demand comes days after the Hindu right wing party cancelled ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali’s concert in the Indian cities of Mumbai and Pune.
The event’s organiser, the Observer Research Foundation Mumbai, approached Maharsahstra Chief Minister Devndra Fadnavis to provde “adequate security” for Kasuri in case of an untoward incident.
Kasuri is set to launch his book titled ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy’ at Nehru Centre, Mumbai.
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“Our purpose in organising this function is to make our own humble contribution to the much-needed normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan. Kasuri’s widely appreciated book shows his strong commitment to peaceful and cooperative ties between our two countries,” ORF Chairman Sudheendra Kulkarni had said.
Kasuri will stay in Mumbai between October 11 and 14, and also visit Mani Bhavan and Jinnah House, if possible.
The article originally appeared in IBN Live