Sangh cancels Iftar invitation to Pakistan High commissioner Abdul Basit

RSS-inspired outfit Muslim Rashtriya Manch has cancelled the invitation to Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul for iftar party scheduled on July 2 thus showing the differences in the ranks of Sangh Parivar over resuming relations with Islamabad.

RSS leader Indresh Kumar,chief of Muslim Rashtriya Manch had invited envoys of around 60 countries for the Iftar party.
It displays how RSS is divided  on how to go about having ties with Pakistan .Days after it invited Basit for the party, the Manch cancelled the invitation, contending that Pakistan “can never be good to India”.
IF RSS knows that Pakistan can never be a good friend than why it extended the invitation .

The RSS is divided into two sections,One part of the group wants to have cordial relations with Pakistan, and urged the Narendra Modi government to continue talks with Islamabad.But another group within the Sangh has been opposed to talks due to the Pampore attack that killed eight CRPF personnel.
“We had initially sent an email invite to the Pakistan high commission, inviting its high commissioner to the July 2 iftar.But after he displayed “insensitivity” to the killing of Indian jawans in a militant attack in Pampore in Kashmir,  we have decided not to extend a formal invite,” national convener of the Manch, Mohammad Afzal, said. “Their high commissioner  displayed complete insensitivity on the killing of jawans and did not condemn the attacks,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lahore visit to reach out to Pakistan has apparently not gone down well with RSS whose senior leader Dattareya Hosabale had suggested that sincerity aspect of the other side needed to be kept in mind while making attempts to improve ties.

He said Modi’s unannounced visit to Lahore on 25 December last year had ended up in Pathankot terror attack, just like former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s bus yatra to the Pakistani city had met a similar fate.

“I am not opposed to maintaining good ties ties with Pakistan but while making the attempts (to improve ties, we have to see)  how sincere the other side is in taking it forward,” Hosabale said.
“The Lahore bus yatra (of Vajpayee in 1999) ended at the Agra Summit. The visit of Prime Minister to meet Pakistan Prime Minister at his Lahore residence ended in Pathankot. Whatever attempts you make,the problem is Pakistan’s anti-India and anti-Hindu sentiment,” he said

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