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Pakistani MP apologises for tweet hurting Hindu sentiments

Earlier in the day, PTI's MNA from Tharparkar, Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, who is the chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council criticised Husain's tweet as a shameful act

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A Pakistani legislator from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ruling party was forced to apologise and delete a tweet deemed disrespectful to the minority Hindu community after it attracted widespread condemnation and calls for action against him.

Amir Liaquat Hussain, a member of the National Assembly from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, stoked controversy when he tweeted an image of a Hindu deity to mock opposition leader Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The Pakistani MP, who is also a popular TV host and became famous as an evangelist and religious scholar, faced flak from the Hindu community, civil society and other politicians for the tweet.

Earlier in the day, PTI’s MP from Tharparkar, Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, who is the chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council criticised Husain’s tweet as a “shameful act”.

“Strongly condemned this shameful act by someone who claims to be a religious scholar also but doesn’t know the respect for other religions,” Vankwani, who is the chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council, tweeted.

Vankwani said the TV host’s post had not only hurt the sentiments of Hindus across the country but created resentment among supporters of the ruling party who admired party chief and Prime Minister Imran Khan and believed in the party’s manifesto regarding protecting the rights of religious minorities.

“Delete this tweet immediately otherwise we reserve the right to demand strict action under the Blasphemy Act and protest across the country,” he wrote.

Lal Malhi, another party leader from the Hindu community in Umerkot in Sindh, criticised Hussain and asked Prime Minister Khan to take notice of his illogical act.

“Strongly condemn the blasphemous act of @AamirLiaquat and appeal @ImranKhanPTI to take notice of this immoral act. No religion including Islam permits him to do such illogical acts,” Malhi said.

Hussain later deleted his tweet and tweeted an apology to the Hindu community.

“I know the sentiments of the Hindu community were hurt,” Hussain said.

“I respect all faiths, this is what my religion has taught me,” the Pakistani MP said.

A number of other prominent figures, celebrities, journalists and writers heaped scorn on Husain over his post on Twitter and other social media platforms.

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