Supporters of Samajwadi Party national general secretary and state minister Azam Khan have now come out with a CD of news clippings to “justify” his statement on the Kargil war. The CDs which were distributed among locals in Rampur, Moradabad, Amroha and Shahabad contain an “interview” purportedly of a Colonel-rank Army officer speaking to a news channel in the backdrop of the Kargil war zone.
In the alleged interview, the officer was shown telling mediapersons how Muslim soldiers from his battalion, 22 Grenadiers, after running out of ammunition managed to hoodwink their Pakistani counterparts by raising the slogan “Naare-e-Taqbir-Allah O Akbar”. Once the enemies came out of their trenches, they gunned them down, said an Azam supporter and local SP leader Nazish Mian.
He claimed that the Army officer was seen showering praise on Muslim soldiers for leading the charge against Pakistani soldiers despite the hostile terrain and low ammunition. Although the casualties on both sides were quite heavy, still the Indians managed to drive away the intruders from spots like Point 5203, Khalubar Ridge, Point 4812 and Point 5465 in the Batalik sector, the officer was shown saying in the interview.
Slamming the constitutional bodies, including Election Commission, Azamwadi Yuva Manch secretary Shani Khan said, “The CD vindicates the stand of our leader who has been made a scapegoat for no reason. On the contrary, the same EC gives a long rope to leaders who have a track record in fomenting communal trouble.”
He asked, “Is it a crime to say that along with Hindus, Muslims have also fought with equal valor in the Kargil war when there are proofs to substantiate this argument? However, the EC has gagged the voice of Azam Khan and allowed BJP leader Amit Shah go scot-free which is unjustified.”