J&K MLA Abdul Rashid ‘salutes’ Muhammad Ali Jinnah for creating Pakistan

Dec 7th, 2015 | Category: Articles

Delhi: Independent MLA of Jammu and Kashmir Sheikh Abdul Rashid, of whom ink was thrown in the national capital on Monday, ‘saluted’ Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

“We believed in the India of Mahatma Gandhi not of Togadia and Hindu Mahasabha. I salute Jinnah that he created a separate Pakistan because he knew that they will not let Muslims live in India,” he said.

“Mr Modi should say sorry to the nation,” he added.

Meanwhile, a handful of activists allegedly belonging to a right-wing organisation blackened the face of independent MLA of J&K Assembly using paint, ink and mobil oil protesting against his hosting a beef party in Srinagar earlier this month.

Popularly known as ‘Engineer Rashid’, he was holding a press conference at Press Club along with relatives of the two truck drivers who were burnt by a mob at Udhampur in Jammu region on October nine.

One of the victims – 19-year-old Zahid – died at Safdurjung hospital yesterday morning.

As he finished his press conference, he was held at the gate of the Press Club by some TV journalists for a one-to-one interview when some activists shouting slogans “gow mata ka apman, nahi sahega Hindustan (India will not tolerate any disrespect to cow)” pounced on him and painted him with black colour, mobil oil and blue ink, as per PTI.

Two people were detained by the police and whisked away to Parliament Street Police station while Rashid had to take refuge inside the Press Club till additional force came in.

On October 08, Rashid was thrashed by some BJP legislators in the J&K Assembly for throwing a beef party, triggering an uproar from the Opposition which staged a walkout.

As BJP MLAs assaulted him, several NC and Congress MLAs had rushed to save him.

On the other hand, BJP MLA Ravinder Raina had said Rashid had hurt the sentiments of Hindus.

Rashid, the legislator from Langate, had hosted the beef party in the lawns of MLA hostel, with the guests being served beef kebabs, ‘ristas’ (meat balls) and beef patties.

(With PTI inputs)

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