Imarat-e-Sharia Leader Slams Pakistani Foreign Minister on Salman Khan Issue

Imarat-e-Sharia leader holding a press conference in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: Maulana Anissurahman Qazmi, the General Secretary of the Imarat-e-Sharia at Phulwari Sharif, at a press conference in Patna on Saturday said that an all-religion conference called 'Save Religion, Save the Nation' will be held at Patna's Gandhi Maidan later this month under the leadership of Imarat-e-Sharia leader of Bihar, Jharkhand, and Orissa Maulana Wali Rahmani.

"This conference is not for or against any particular religion and will be attended by people representing Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, and Christian religions," Qazmi said adding the need for this conference arose due to certain people's attempt to create religious and communal disturbance in the nation.

"The goal of this conference is to spread a sense of communal harmony, mutual respect, and brotherhood among all religions," he said.

Qazmi also came out heavily on Pakistan saying the neighboring nation was intent on disturbing peace in India in the name of religion.

He was referring to the latest comment by Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif Abbas who, in the wake of the arrest of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, stated that the star of hundreds of Hindi films was sent to jail simply because he happened to be a Muslim.

As reported in national dailies, Abbas, during an interview in Pakistan, said that Salman Khan had been sentenced because he was a minority in India.

"To sentence him in a case that is twenty years old goes on to show that lives of those who are Muslims, untouchables, or Christians are not valued in India. Perhaps if he belonged to the religion of the ruling party of India, he would not have been given such a harsh sentence and the court might have been lenient with him," Abbas had said.

Reacting strongly to Pakistani leader's comment, Qazmi said that, unlike Pakistan, India respected all religions and its people enjoyed equal rights.

"No amount of criticism against Pakistan's Foreign Minister is not enough," he said.

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