After Samajwadi Party MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq, now famous poet Munavwar Rana has come out in support of the Taliban. Rana said that he believes that the Taliban has done nothing wrong by taking over Afghanistan.
By Vaishali Pandey/ The Newster
Famous poet Munawwar Rana again stirred controversy by refusing to acknowledge the armed group Taliban as a terrorist organisation. Instead of this, he referred to them as an aggressive group.
Several other leaders in UP including Sambhal’s MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq, All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s spokesperson Maulana Sajjad Nomani and Peace Party’s Shadab Chauhan made their statements seemingly in support of Taliban favour and created a controversy.
Here is what Munawwar Rana said
In an interview with Navbharat Times, Munawwar Rana said, “The Taliban has done the right thing. So, possession of your land can be done by any means. If the Taliban liberated their country, Afghanistan, then what is the problem with that? This cannot be seen from an Indian point of view. If you want to understand, then you have to think of India under British rule.”
He further added, “If they are fighting for their country then how can they be a terrorist? There is no particular definition of a terrorist, how can we say who is a terrorist and who is not.”
Munawwar Rana dodged a question regarding the Taliban’s destruction of Buddha sculptures in Bamiyan by asking about the demolition of Babri mosque.
The poet also slams US involvement in Afghanistan by calling it an occupation. He said, “Only they (Afghans) know how they have spent the last 20 years. For Americans, killing a human being is like killing an ant and they do not care.”
Munawwar Rana’s controversial career:
As a result of his provocative remarks, Munawwar Rana has long been in the headlines.Rana has been one of the most critical of the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government.
Last year, Munawwar Rana had said that, “In India, 35 crore humans and 100 crore animals live who are used for voting.” The statement drew huge flak from all strata of society.
Recently, he had also vowed to leave Uttar Pradesh if Yogi Adityanath was re-elected as Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister in 2022, which drew condemnation from various sections of the society.