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Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) chief Praveen Togadia has joined the chorus of voices demanding that Bollywood actor Salman Khan and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi 'immediately' move to Pakistan for their 'support' to 1993 Mumbai terror attacks convict Yakub Memon.
"The fathers of Salman Khan and Owaisi committed a mistake by not moving to Pakistan in 1947. Now they should do the right thing by moving to the Islamic Republic. I am convinced Salman will be very happy in Pakistan in the company of renowned jihadis and that his movies will also do much better business there, " Togadia said while speaking to a news channel.
"When Hindu criminals were being hanged, they (Owaisi and Salman) did not come out in their support. In fact, by defending Yakub who was convicted by the Supreme Court, they have proved that if terrorism has any religion that is Islam," the VHP chief said, adding that there should be a social boycott of "such people".
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Togadia also lashed out at the Narendra Modi-led government for being soft on Pakistan, saying that India's foreign policy towards its western neighbour has failed.
Togadia said the "shawl, saari and handshake diplomacy" with Pakistan should be abandoned.
"Diplomacy of saree, shawl and mango is enough for now. India should stop all dialogue with Pakistan and start preparing to teach a lesson to the country, which is sending AK 47-armed Jihadists for carrying out attacks," Togadia told reporters.
Condemning yesterday's terror attack in Punjab's Gurdaspur district, he said "India's foreign policy with regard to Pakistan has failed. India's failure in punishing the plotters of Mumbai attacks encouraged them (Pakistan) to carry out more attacks in our country."
"Time has come for Myanmar-type surgical strikes in Pakistan. Like Osama bin Laden raid, we should also send our forces to eliminate Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed," Togadia said.
Earlier, describing Bollywood actor Salman Khan and others, opposed to Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon’s hanging, as ‘traitors’, BJP leader Arshad Alam Tuesday said that they should be sent to Pakistan.
“It is a shame that there are certain people who are opposing Yakub Memon’s hanging. Those who are opposing are traitors. Irrespective of any party affiliation whoever is opposing it is a traitor and should go to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,” Alam, national secretary of the BJP’s Minority Morcha, told reporters here.
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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan Sunday in a series of tweets criticised Memon’s scheduled hanging and described him as innocent, but withdrew them later and tendered an
Asked about BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha’s signing of the mercy petition for Yakub Memon, Alam said,” I don’t know what Sinha has said. But I feel that whoever is opposing it is a traitor and is anti-national. It is better that they should go to Pakistan.”
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“The verdict of the Supreme court should be respected by everyone. Both Hindus and Muslims were killed in the Bombay blasts. So it is wrong to give a communal colour to it.
If someone sympathizes with Yakub, then he should also visit the family members of those victims who were killed in the blast,” he said.