Facing intense criticism, AIMIM leader Waris Pathan apologises for ’15 crore Muslims’ remark

Prime News, National (Hyderabad), February 23:- Following a nationwide furore over his “communal hate-speech”, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader from Maharashtra Waris Pathan withdrew his controversial remarks and tendered an apology over the same on Saturday (February 22, 2020).

“I had no intentions to hurt the sentiments of any community…My remarks were not ‘anti-Hindu’, I hereby withdraw my statement,” Pathan told media persons.

The AIMIM leader added that attempts were being made to portray him as “anti-national” but he clarified that his remarks were not intended to create any kind of discord among people or communities.

Pathan also claimed that he was being misquoted and his words were being twisted to defame him. ”My statement is being twisted to target and defame me and my party due to a political conspiracy. However, I take back my words if they hurt anyone and apologise for the same,” Pathan said.

A huge political storm had erupted after Pathan, while addressing an anti-CAA protest in Kalburgi (Gulbarga) in Karnataka on February 15, said that “15-crore (Muslims) will prove stronger than the 100-crore majority (Hindus).” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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