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RSS affiliate withdraws Iftar invite to Pakistan

The Rashtriya Muslin Manch has withdrawn its invitation to Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit to attend its Iftar party at the Parliament Annexe on July 2. In the wake of the Pampore attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, the RSS-affiliate body did a quick U-turn citing Pakistan’s failure to condemn the attack.

“It is definitely an LeT attack. The modus operandi, claim by outfit and investigation so far prove that,” said DGP K Rajendra Kumar.

Intelligence agencies believe Lashkar-e-Taiba head Hafiz Saeed’s son-in-law Khalid Waleed was the mastermind behind Saturday’s Pampore attack on a CRPF convoy that killed eight personnel and two terrorists and injured 22. Further, Waleed has reportedly been trained by Saeed himself to take over as in-charge of anti-India operations.

The RSS body has invited 140 countries—Muslim and non-Muslim ones—to attend an international Roza iftar party. The Hindutva group said the event should not be seen as a political ploy but a way to highlight India as “a symbol of world peace”. Our aim is to “tell the world about Indianness, helping people from all communities live in peace and harmony,” it added.

Interestingly, two fidayeens carried “Pakistan Ordnance Factory” marked grenades during the attack, which has helped intelligence sources establish Pakistan’s role in it.  They has seven grenades, medicines, track suits and shoes which were Pakistan-made, packets of dates not available in India and 11 magazines of AK-47 rifles. An officer even confirmed that the terrorists tried to wipe off the markings on the grenades but they can easily be identified.

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