Pakistan journalist compares Dalai Lama with Masood Azhar

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama folds his hands prior to give a speech in Heidelberg, western Germany, on 20 September 2018 .

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama folds his hands prior to give a speech in Heidelberg, western Germany, on 20 September 2018 . File photo/AFP/Getty Images/Marijan Murat

HP Correspondent | Hindustan Times

NEW DELHI, India, 14 March 2019

A senior Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir on Wednesday stoked a controversy when he compared Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar to Nobel laureate the Dalai Lama.

Minutes after he put out a tweet saying, “It’s very easy to understand why China blocked resolution against Masood Azhar in UNSC? India sheltering an enemy of China since decades and his name is Dalai Lama”, Twitter erupted with criticism over his remark.

Hamid’s tweet came soon after China blocked a UNSC move to list the JeM chief as a terrorist.

Reacting to his tweet, one Twitter user Amrita Bhinder said, “Masood Azhar is a terrorist! Dalai Lama is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, just like Malala. PS: He was awarded Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his NONVIOLENT campaign over nearly 40 years to end China’s domination of his homeland. A mind bender for Pakistan?

Such was the outpouring over Mir’s tweet that the hashtag #DalaiLama went viral on the micro-blogging site with nearly 9,000 tweets.


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