Politics

Minorities Commission Chief Wants Those Celebrating Pakistan’s Cricket Victory to Be Deported

“…these are people whose mind and heart are actually in Pakistan, just their bodies are here, so they too should go there. Or better still, they should be deported across the border.”

Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi. Credit: National Commission for Minorities website

Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi. Credit: National Commission for Minorities website

New Delhi: Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi, chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, has said that all those in India who celebrated Pakistan’s Champion’s Trophy victory should go there, or better still “be deported there”.

According to a report in the Indian Express, Rizvi, who took charge of the minorities commission on May 26, later said his remark came when “I was asked about people, including those in Kashmir, who celebrated Pakistani win (in the Champions Trophy final). I said these are people whose mind and heart are actually in Pakistan, just their bodies are here, so they too should go there. Or better still, they should be deported across the border.”

“It is unfortunate that some people say things like Pakistani victory has brought ‘Eid before Eid’. It is sad that they live in India, in Hindustan, and say ‘Pakistan zindabad’. As a Hindustani, this pains me a lot. My statement in Meerut came from those sentiments,” Rizvi told the newspaper.

When asked why the minorities commission chief was involving himself in who supports whom during a cricket match, he said he was expressing his personal opinion and not speaking on behalf of the commission. “I was asked a question. There were three things I could have done. I could have said ‘no comments’, I could have supported those people who live in India but root for Pakistan, or I could have criticised it. I did the last because that is my opinion. It is not as if the commission is taking this matter up at any level.”

Rizvi’s comment on Eid was referring to Kashmir separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who had tweeted, “Fireworks all around, feels like an early Eid here. Better team took the day. Congratulations team #Pakistan.” Syed Ali Shah Geelani had congratulated Pakistan on the win.

On Tuesday (June 20) 15 people in Madhya Pradesh were arrested and charged with sedition after they allegedly shouted pro-Pakistan slogans after the cricket match. Two people in Karnataka were also arrested and charged under the sedition law for the same reason, according to Indian Express.

On the very same day, Hindutva organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad had accused Rizvi of “fuelling separatism” after he announced a helpline for Muslims to report atrocities against them.