It was on February 19 when there was ruckus at Urdu fest Jashn-e-Rekhta in the evening with the arrival of Canadian writer of Pakistani origin and television personality Tarek Fatah.
According to eyewitnesses, Fatah whose Fatah Ka Fatwa on Zee TV channel has courted controversy in India and abroad among Muslims with many giving a call of its boycott for its alleged Islamophobic content, got into a verbal argument with other attendees.
HT reported that a group of attendees cornered him and began shouting slogans against him. Fatah was asked to leave the venue and as many protesters gathered around him, police came in and took him out of the venue.
At that time Okhla-based Congress leader Parvez Alam Khan, who visiting the fest, also started protesting and shouting slogans against Fatah.
He was detained and taken to the Parliament Street police station.
“Tarek Fatah, a Pakistani, who keeps spewing venom against Indian Muslims, is a threat to the social fabric and communal harmony of our country. He is an outsider and why should his anti-India and anti-Muslim views be given so much footage?” Khan, a resident of Zakir Nagar told HT.
Khan was detained for two hours and released later on. He told OT.COM police said they were just doing their duty.
The organizer of the event distance them with Professor Aneesur Rahman, special advisor to Rekhta Foundation, saying: “We did not invite Fatah. More than one lakh visitors have come for the event so far. We do send invites to a few distinguished people. But Fatah was not on our guest list and no invite was sent to him.”