RJD MPs barred from going to Pakistan: No permission from Central Govt


New Delhi: The central government has refused political approval for Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) to visit Pakistan. Manoj Jha wanted to go to Lahore through the Attari-Wagha border this month. He wanted to go there to participate in a program organized in memory of human rights activist Asma Jahangir.

But the center did not approve of him. In this case, his proposed trip to Pakistan has been canceled. The RJD MP himself informed this.

MP Manoj Jha said that the central government has refused to recognize his proposed visit to Pakistan as a politician. On 23 October, he was scheduled to address the ‘Role of Political Parties in Defense of Democratic Rights’ at a program organized in memory of Asma Jahangir in Lahore. This journey allowed him to outline the great tradition of Indian political parties in fighting for the democratic rights of the people. Jha said that Asma Jahangir was an activist in Pakistan’s struggle for the rights of minorities. She passed away in 2018.

According to Manoj Jha, he has received Foreign Grants Act approval from the Home Ministry to travel to Pakistan, but the Foreign Ministry has not given him political recognition. For this, he should have been allowed to speak on behalf of the Indian Parliament that how we are fighting for the democratic rights of the people in the streets and the Parliament. Jha said that he was planning to go to Pakistan on the Wagah border road on October 20 and return on October 24.

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