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Jaswant may visit Pak to promote his book on Jinnah

August 25, 2009 15:35 IST
It seems that Jaswant Singh, expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party for his controversial book on Jinnah, is likely to visit Pakistan for the launch of the book after Ramzan, but sources close to him are yet to confirm the report.

Having planned out a series of launches across various metros in the country besides abroad including Pakistan, the book publisher said the launch in the neighbouring country is most likely to be held after Ramzan.

"The promotional event will start in a few days. We are in talks with our counterparts in Pakistan to fix up a date for the launch. It is most likely to be held after Ramzan," the publishers told PTI.

Asked if Singh would be part of the launch, they said, "He is the author. What would be a book launch without him?"

Rupa and Co, the publisher of the book, 'Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence' has planned out a series of promotional activity across the country, including launches at Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad among others.

The publisher has been maintaining that the book was doing very brisk business in the country. R K Mehra, Chairman of the publishing firm, had earlier said, "It is selling everywhere, it is selling very well in Pakistan and we have received orders from London, Bangladesh and Abu Dhabi. The subject of partition has been a subject of great interest anywhere in world."

Contending that the book was selling extremely well across the country, he said, "We can't give you the exact number as it is a business secret, but the book shops are running out of stock."

However, sources close to Jaswant Singh denied reports about the expelled BJP leader's plans to visit Pakistan to promote his book.

With inputs from PTI

Onkar Singh in New Delhi