The workers from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday staged a protest against Pakistan near the country’s embassy in New Delhi over Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s remarks about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to Indian media reports.
A day earlier, FM Bilawal had responded to his Indian counterpart during a briefing at the United Nations after the latter accused Pakistan of perpetuating terrorism and sheltering Osama bin Laden.
In a report published today, India Today said the protesters carried placards and chanted slogans of “Pakistan hay hay” and “Bilawal Bhutto maafi maango” slogans.
“The Delhi police put up barricades to stop the BJP workers from marching towards the Pakistan embassy. However, the protesters broke through the first round of barricades and began marching to wards the embassy,” the report said.
The publication said that police stopped the protesters at the second line of barricades put up in Chanakyapuri area. “Water canons have also been placed here. Some BJP workers were also detained by the police,” the report added.
Separately, the Indian government heavily criticised Bilawal’s remarks. According to NDTV, the Indian foreign ministry said that Pakistan “lacked the credentials to cast aspersions at India”.—Agencies