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Pakistan remembers Tipu Sultan on his death anniversary

ANI | Updated: May 04, 2018 18:08 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], May 04 (ANI): Pakistan on Friday remembered 18th-century ruler Tipu Sultan on his 218th death anniversary.

"Revisiting an important & influential historical figure, Tiger of Mysore - Tipu Sultan on his death anniversary. Right from his early years, he was trained in the art of warfare & had a fascination for learning," tweeted the Pakistani Government.

Though the Pakistan government tweeted about the Mysore ruler on his death anniversary, it has also come at a time when Karnataka is set to witness elections in a week.

Popularly known as Tiger of Mysore, he has become a controversial figure in India, especially since 2015, when the BJP and the Congress engaged in a war of words over the birth anniversary celebrations of Tipu on November 10.

BJP considers the historical figure a 'Muslim tyrant' and describes him as 'anti-Hindu', 'anti-Karnataka' and 'mass murderer', while the Congress consider him as the first freedom fighter who fought against the British.

Tipu had fought against the British and died in 1799 at the age of 48, while defending his capital Srirangapatna, present-day Mandya, Karnataka.

President Ramnath Kovind in 2017 had said, "Tipu Sultan died a historic death fighting the British." (ANI)