Politics is very dirty.

Did you see this quote:

“Politics is very dirty, it’s a business. If we enter politics we will be dirty too. Our politicians do all sorts of dirty things under pressure… We see ourselves as being a pressure group that can have an impact on the government’s policy.”

Ah, so you also thought that this is one of the self-styled doyens of Indian “civil society” pontificating on why electoral politics in a representative democracy is an anathema to them? Or perhaps one of the luminaries of the deceptively named National Advisory Council?

You couldn’t be more wrong. This is in fact Maulana Ameer Hamza of the dreaded Pakistani terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba, oops the Pakistani religious charity organisation Jamaat ud Dawa, in an interview to a Pakistani newspaper.

Sounds familiar. Isn’t it?

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