In a joint statement, the Shia organisations said that the article is insulting and derogatory. Ayatollah Khamenei is a religious, respected and revered spiritual leader, who is a leading voice against oppression and injustice.
The statement signed by Ascent Foundation president S H A Rizvi and Dr Badami, Anjuman-e-Jafariya president Moulana Syed Khaum Abbas, Idara-e-Faizul Islam president Syed Hakim Raza, Anjuman-e-Hyderi president Meer Murtuza Hussain, Imamia Education & Welfare Trust president Mirza Md Mehdi, Al Balagh Organisation and Houzat-e Ilmia, and Al-Hadi Knowledge Centre representative Syed Yasir, and Member of Central Haj Committee Syed Imtiaz Hyder, condemned the article and termed it defamatory. “These are not based on facts”.
The bangalore mirror said “We clarify that the publication of this article was not intended to hurt any sentiments”