A former Pakistani minister responds as the chief minister of Delhi leaves Tihar prison

Islamabad, Pakistan [11 May]: Former Pakistani Minister of Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry responded to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s release from Tihar jail on Friday, citing it as the defeat of ‘another battle’ for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following his Supreme Court victory in the Delhi excise policy case.

The former leader of Pakistan said, “Modi G lost another battle. Kejriwal released… good news for moderate India,” in a post on X.

His comments follow Kejriwal’s release from prison on March 21, 2024, after he was detained for more than 50 days in relation to the Delhi excise policy case by the Directorate of Enforcement.

With the requirement that he refrain from visiting the Delhi Secretariat or the Office of the Chief Minister, he has been granted provisional release until June 1.

In addition, Chaudhry bemoaned the state of the rule of law in his nation and said that the media, human rights groups, bar associations, and civil society had all entirely withdrawn.

The judiciary has risen as a consequence of the judges of Islamabad taking a historic stance; nevertheless, the issue is that civil society, bar associations, media outlets, and human rights groups have all entirely sat down. He wrote on X, “The Rule of Law’s future is in jeopardy.

When the Chief Minister was released from Tihar prison, a sizable group of supporters gathered outside.

Following his release, Kejriwal was joined by his wife, Sunita Kejriwal, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, party leaders Atishi and Saurabh Bhardwaj, and AAP General Secretary Sandeep Pathak. Following his release from Tihar prison, the Chief Minister made his way to his official house.

Kejriwal has been granted provisional release until June 1st, subject to his non-visitation of the Delhi Secretariat and the Office of the Chief Minister.

The Delhi CM is required by court order to provide bail bonds of Rs 50,000 and one surety of the same amount, subject to the jail superintendent’s satisfaction. He also won’t be going to the Delhi Secretariat or the Office of the Chief Minister.

Minister Fawad Chaudhry has been vocal about the impending Lok Sabha elections and the political happenings in India over the last several months.

Chaudhry had already commended Rahul Gandhi, the head of the Congress, for his party’s pledge to carry out a wealth redistribution survey in the event that it was elected into power. He said that “both were socialists” when he likened Rahul Gandhi to Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India and his great-grandfather.

A few days before Hussain’s commendation of Rahul Gandhi, the former minister of Pakistan uploaded a video of the Congress MP criticising the BJP-led Centre over the ‘pran pratishtha’ of Ayodhya’s Ram Temple.

He tweeted, “Rahul Gandhi has a socialist in him, just like his great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru.” He called Rahul Gandhi “Rahul Sahib.” Even after 75 years of partition, Pakistan’s and India’s problems remain largely the same. In his last-night address, Rahul Sahib said that seventy percent of India’s wealth is owned by 30 or 50 households.

The same is true for Pakistan, where 75% of the country’s wealth is owned by a small group of real estate investors and a business club known as the Pakistan Business Council. “The largest challenge facing capitalism is equitable wealth distribution,” he said.

Subsequently, in response to Fawad Chaudhry’s commendation of Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this has shown the “partnership” between Pakistan and the Congress.

Speaking at a public event in Anand, Gujarat, Modi said that Pakistani authorities are hoping that Rahul Gandhi will become prime minister and that the Congress will lose ground in India.

“Observe the coincidence—the Congress is losing ground in India these days. It is ironic that Pakistan is sobbing and Congress is dying in this place. Leaders in Pakistan are now hoping for Congress. The Congress is known to be supportive of Pakistan, and Pakistan is keen to choose the prince as prime minister. “This alliance between Pakistan and the Congress has now been exposed in its entirety,” Prime Minister Modi said during a public gathering in Anand, Gujarat.

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