Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has once raked a controversy while speaking about Pakistan saying that he loves Pakistan because he loves India. Putting his views forward at a function in Karachi, speaking about India Pakistan issues and relations, Mani Shankar Aiyar emphasised that there should be talks between both the nations. He said that he loved Pakistan as much as India. Asserting the importance of dialogue, Mani Shankar Aiyar said that there is a need for an uninterrupted dialogue between both the nations.

Further speaking at the event in Karachi, Pakistan, Mani Shankar Aiyar said made a statement which may not prove a welcome one for the government sitting in New Delhi. The senior Congress leader said that Pakistan has accepted the need for a continuous dialogue with India and resolve impending issues however it’s not the case with New Delhi. “There is only one way to resolve the India-Pakistan issue and that is by way of uninterrupted and un-interruptible dialogue.” Mani Shankar Aiyar further added that he love Pakistan because he love India. “India should love thy neighbour as thyself.”

So far, there is no reaction from any senior leader from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Not a first time when Mani Shankar Aiyar has drawn himself into a controversy. During Gujarat elections 2017 campaign, Mani Shankar Aiyar was at the centre of a major controversy when he called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a ‘neech aadmi’. His remark on PM Modi was condemned by entire political fraternity including Congress party president Rahul Gandhi.

Meanwhile, its not only Mani Shankar Aiyar who has echoed the need for a dialogue between India and Pakistan but Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday also asserted the need for a dialogue between Indian and Pakistan to solve issues between the country. Mehbooba Mufti said, “We fought and won all wars against Pakistan but even now today there is no solution other than dialogue. Till when will our jawans and civilians keep dying. Wonder what some media houses would have called Atalji if he took the bus to Lahore in today’s time and talked of dialogue.”