Even as anti-India elements continue to attempt to hamper the image of the country worldwide, their attempts are being foiled by people committed to nation-building. In yet another incident, BJP leader Shazia Ilmi confronted Pakistani supporters raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India in South Korea's capital Seoul on Friday. She said it is important to "peacefully register protest."
Speaking mediapersons, Ilmi said, "I and two other leaders were in Seoul for United Peace Federation conference as a part of the Global Citizen Forum delegation. After the conference, we went to the Indian Embassy to meet our envoy. On our way back to the hotel, we saw an aggressive protest by an unruly crowd carrying Pakistani flags and shouting slogans against India and our Prime Minister. A lot of people were watching them. We just felt it was our duty to tell them to not abuse our country or our Prime Minister. You have a problem with abrogation of Article 370, which totally is an internal matter, and it has nothing to do with you all," she added.
In a video accessed that has surfaced, a group of people can be seen raising slogans against India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Seoul. The three minutes and 25 seconds long video, shows Shazia Ilmi accompanied by a few other people stepping out of a taxi and heading towards the group as the protesters continue to shout slogans. Confronting them, Ilmi is seen raising India Zindabad slogans. She said: "It's important for all of us to register protest wherever we are. I know (in) some countries it is not easy to speak out. It's important to peacefully register your anger at being insulted as a countryman, as an Indian. Any time somebody says anything about your country, your Prime Minister, you should raise your voice and not necessarily fear the consequences if you are doing it peacefully," she said.
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Meanwhile, as the protesters grew aggressive, local police intervened and escorted Ilmi and her associates from the location even as the protestors refused to go away. The Narendra Modi government on August 5 abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories namely Jammu Kashmir and Ladhakh. With the Article 370 no longer existing, the special status thus provided to the state of Jammu and Kashmir ended making it a major day in the history marking the integration of the state with the rest of India.