Alirajpur (Madhya Pradesh) [India], July 13 (NT): After racking up political row on Shashi Tharoor's controversial 'Hindu Pakistan' remark, BJP set to grab another chance to corner Congress .
Veteran leader Digvijaya Singh created another political controversy by comparing Prime Minister Narendra Modi with contentious Pakistani leader Zia-ul-Haq.
In a scornful attack on the Prime Minister Modi-led government in Centre, 3 times CM of Madhya Pradesh, Singh alleged that the ruling party in India is endorsing the religious extremism in the country.
Highlighting that extremism leads to terrorism, Singh asserted that a similar kind of religious extremism is being promoted under BJP led governance in India as done by former Pakistani dictator Zia-ul-Haq that led to a burst in neighboring nation Pakistan.
"Extremism leads to terrorism. Religious extremism as promoted by Zia-ul-Haq in Pakistan led to a spurt in terrorism there. There is religious extremism being promoted by ruling government in India, the so-called Hindutva, this is a similar dangerous trend," Digvijaya Singh was quoted by ANI when he told to the media.
Citing an example of Pakistan governance during Zia-ul-Haq's term, former chief minister added, "In Pakistan, Zia-ul-Haq started giving importance to bodies like Jamaat-E-Islami. Ever since he started supporting bodies like Taliban, Pakistan has more terror activities taking place than India. There are more bomb blast in Pakistan, who are the people behind this? They are not foreigners but Pakistanis themselves, who's dying? Muslims themselves, no one else."
"What's happening in Afghanistan? The thing is it's a fight of ideologies, wherever such intolerance and such ideologies exist, there will be terrorism and such intolerant ideologies gives birth to terrorism, religious intolerance give way to terrorism," Singh continued.
It is noted that Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq was a Pakistani four-star general. He had served as the 6th President of Pakistan from 1978 until his death in 1988, after announcing martial law in 1977.
On a related note, Congress leader and Triuntapuram MP Shashi Tharoor had said that if Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins 2019 Lok Sabha polls it will form a condition leading to the formation of a 'Hindu Pakistan'.