September 1999 News

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Partition harmed Muslims interests: Sikander Bhakt

2 September 1999
Daily Excelsior

KANGAN (KASHMIR): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Union Industries Minister Sikander Bhakt has said partition of the country in 1947 was a "blunder" which harmed the interests of Indian Muslims.

Those very people who supported the two-nation theory propagated by founder of Pakistan Ali Mohammad Jinnah and played an active role in formation of Pakistan are feeling insecure now and are treated as "Mahajirs" in Pakistan, he said at an election rally here yesterday.

Bhakt, who is the first national leader visiting Kashmir for electioneering, said Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad was opposed to the idea of dividing the country.

Bhakt, who is on a two-day tour of Kashmir to canvass for BJP candidates in Srinagar, Baramulla and Anantnag Lok Sabha constituencies, alleged the Congress right from 1947 exploited sentiments of Muslims in the country but the times have changed and Muslims are now closer to BJP which they once were treating as "untouchable".

He said there were suspicion and misgivings in the minds of Muslims towards the BJP which was branded as communal and anti-Muslims, but the misgivings have been removed and they are coming forward to support BJP now in every part of the country, he said.

"All communal clashes took place during the Congress rule in the country, which claims to be a secular party", Bhakt said, adding on the contrary not a single communal clash took place during BJP rule.

Referring to Prime Minister A B Vajpayee’s visit to Lahore, Bhakt said Vajpayee visited Lahore with an open mind and heart but "Pakistan stabbed us in the back by intruding into Kargil sector."

He said people of both India and Pakistan want to live in peace and they wanted settlement of all outstanding issues through peaceful negotiations, but the rulers of that country made a misadventure in Kargil which led to tension and present stalemate between the two neighbours. (PTI)


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