Mumbai: Observer Research Foundation (ORF) chairman Sudheendra Kulkarni, who was attacked with ink hours before the book launch of former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, today said that the event would take place despite ‘typical’ threats from the Shiv Sena.
“Thanks to Kasuri ji for accepting our invitation and coming to Mumbai even though there were indications that some forces wanted to stop him. They (Shiv Sena) had already given threats in their typical style that they would disrupt the programme,” Kulkarni told the media here.
“Those forces have actually threatened the organizers of Ghulam Ali ji’s concert and succeeded in getting that concert called off. However, the event is going to take place at 5:30 p.m. at Nehru Centre, despite of threats we’ve received from Shiv Sena,” he added.
The Shiv Sena has been vehemently protesting against the launch of Kasuri’s book ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy’, saying it was an insult to the Indian soldiers who had died in the recent ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
The Shiv Sena has warned that there would be ‘repercussions’ if the event is not cancelled. (ANI)