The Hindu

Sena justifies its anti-Pak. protests

- SPECIAL CORRESPOND­ENT

MUMBAI: Accusing the BJP of adopting double standards on Pakistan, the Shiv Sena on Saturday taunted Prime Minister Modi's call to isolate terror havens and slammed the BJP for castigatin­g it over its anti-Pakistan protests in Mumbai last month.

Editorial

“The biggest issue is terrorism and Mr. Modi has talked about it in London. New terrorist organisati­ons are born every day and they are managing to arm themselves. These weapons do not belong to terrorists. Mr. Modi spoke about the need to boycott the countries sheltering and encouragin­g terrorism but when organisati­ons such as the Shiv Sena try to isolate Pakistan in India, how is this that the BJP takes an opposite stance,” an editorial in the party mouthpiece Saamana said on Saturday.

“Pakistan is a terrorist State which should be dumped by the world is what Modi wants to suggest. He should name Pakistan and target it. The Shiv Sena drove away Ghulam Ali and strongly opposed exPak Minister Kasuri's visit to Mumbai. These are consistent with Mr. Modi's policy towards Pakistan. But the Fadnavis govt. rolled out the red carpet for terrorist Pakistanis,” the editorial said.

Mr. Fadnavis had disapprove­d of the Sena's protests forcing cancellati­on of singer Ghulam Ali’s concert, blackening the face of Sudheendra Kulkarni who hosted Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri, and forced cancellati­on of a meeting between BCCI chief Shashank Manohar and Pakistani cricket chief to discuss revival of cricketing ties

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