The Pakistani cricket team on Sunday (24 October) registered a thumping victory against its Indian counterpart in the ongoing World Cup T20 tournament.
The Babar Azam-led Pakistani team defeated the Virat Kohli-led Indian team by 10 wickets.
Soon after the match, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed put out a video statement on his verified Twitter account congratulating the entire Islamic world for the win (“saari aalam-e-Islam ko fateh mubarak”).
Minutes before the match was to begin, the Minister told the media on camera that Pakistanis are filled with passion about the match as they are conscious of “what’s happening to Muslims in India”.
Like many in Pakistan’s top political circles, Sheikh Rasheed is known for for his anti-Hindu views.
Last year, he threatened a nuclear war against India, but not without stating that the weapons would be designed in such a way that they will save Indian Muslims from the attack.
In February 2019, barely an hour after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan went on record to absolve his country of any involvement in the deadly Pulwama terror attack, Sheikh Rasheed went on a communal rant against India and Hindus, threatening a nuclear war and declaring that no bells would sound in Hindu temples.
“If anyone will stare at Pakistan with an evil eye, his eye will be gouged out, and then no grass will grow, no birds will chirp, and no bells will sound in temples, as Pakistan is that bastion of Muslims that Muslims from the world over look up to,” said the minister in a video uploaded by him. (You can watch the video here.)
Far from being reined in, Rasheed, who was railways minister then, continued in the same vein on 28 February, 2019, in his speech in Pakistan parliament where he opposed the release of Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.
Rasheed appealed to every Muslim to join “Jihad”. “Doing Jihad is mandatory in Islam. If a Muslim does not do Jihad, he is no longer a Muslim,” he said.
In the video, Rasheed said that “not only our 22 crore Muslims but 30 crore Muslims on your [Indian] side too would rise against you [Modi] in the name of Islam”.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.