In an unprecedented event, pro-Pakistan slogans were raised in a protest rally organized by a political front in Patna on Friday. The protest march organized by Popular Front of India against the Central government and was attended by thousands of people. The motive of this march was to show solidarity with controversial Islamic Preacher Zakir Naik and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. Organizers claimed that the protest was organized only after getting a prior permission from the concerned local authorities. The participants raised slogans against the BJP led Central government for its crackdown on Naik and Owaisi. They demanded that the Bihar government intervened in the matter claiming that it was a desperate attempt to silence the voice of Muslims in the country. “We are not going to tolerate this. The Centre is unnecessarily cracking down on Zakir Naik and troubling him,” a protester said.
The protest which started from Science College, soon took an ugly turn as some people present in the march started raising pro-Pakistan slogans. Police personnel in Patna swung into action soon after videos of the slogans were aired by some electronic media houses. Bihar DGP PK Thakur confirmed that the police were scanning the video of the rally. “We have initiated a probe in the matter,” he said. The police have sent the video footage for forensic investigation. A Protester named Taufique, a worker of the Popular Front of India was arrested as raids continue to arrest his aides in this connection.
BJP came out in full force attacking the Nitish Kumar led government in Bihar soon after this. Dr Subramanian Swami tweeted in his own unique style and claimed that the Bihar Government had completely failed in performing its constitutional duties.
This is not an isolated event where pro-Pak slogans have been raised in the country. Sightings of Pakistani and ISIS flags and have now become a regular affair. This is now becoming a fashion for Secessionists and desperate attention seekers to gain cheap media publicity. This needs to be stopped before it turns into an epidemic.