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Delhi Diary: India Faces Criticism For 'Deporting' Daughter Of Famous Poet Faiz

Last update: 14/05/2018
By Shakir Husain

Shakir Husain, Bernama's correspondent in New Delhi shares his take from the Indian sub-continent.

NEW DELHI (Bernama) -- Kuala Lumpur-based Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) organised its 15th Asia Media Summit in New Delhi to drive home the point that the continent is a "huge mine of stories and storytellers."

The May 10-12 summit attended by 220 foreign delegates from 39 countries largely went unnoticed until the news of a conference speaker being deported from India emerged.

The speaker invited and then unceremoniously sent back to Pakistan was Muneeza Hashmi, daughter of the famous Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz.

Muneeza, a television and media personality, may not be popularly known outside her professional and activist circles, but her father's name is indelible part of South Asia's literary heritage.

Muneeza's son Ali Hashmi said in a tweet with a news link that her 72-year-old mother was "denied permission" to participate in the conference after being officially invited.

Soon the news spread like wildfire on the Internet, drawing sharp criticism from journalists and activists over the manner in which she was treated upon reaching India.....


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