New Delhi: Minhajul Quran International chief Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri, who has launched an anti-government movement in Pakistan seeking electoral reforms and a corruption free system, had visited Gujarat during his four week stay in India in February last year.

According to a report published in leading English daily, the Canada-based Pakistani cleric, Qadri, was a state guest of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

During his stay in Gujarat, Qadri gave a two-hour long televised speech on the essence of the Bhagavad Gita and the Quran. Post 2002 riots, he had advised Gujarati Muslims to move ahead and work together for the prosperity of the state and their nation.

While delivering a message of peace, he had praised Modi government saying, “After 2002, no such an unfortunate incident was repeated and those involved in mass massacre are being brought to justice. Terrorism has no place in Islam.”

Notably, senior BJP leader Bhupendrasinh Chudasama was also present at the event. Chudasama had described Qadri as a soft-spoken person, who advocated social and communal harmony and denounced all forms of terrorism.

Presently, Qadri’s call for a political change has galvanized people in Pakistan and has earned widespread support from masses. The cleric has asked the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government to quit immediately and dissolve national and state assemblies.

(JPN/Bureau)

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