ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has rejected Indian foreign ministry’s remarks pertaining to comments made by the Pakistani leadership regarding the rights of minorities in India, terming Indian‘s statement ‘irresponsible’ and ‘completely ill-founded’.
According to a statement issued by the FO spokesperson, the remarks are reflective of India’s perennial state of denial with regard to the rights of minorities, particularly Muslims in India.
The statement further said “The treatment of minorities in India is a matter of severe concern not only for Indian minorities and neighbouring countries, but also for the international community.”
Calling it ‘disconcerting’ that New Delhi’s anti-Muslim policies persist even in these difficult times, the communique highlighted systematic campaigns in India to demonise Muslims, who face further exclusion as well as threats of mob violence.
— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) April 21, 2020
The FO spokesperson instructed India to take effective measures to shield the fundamental rights of minorities, especially Muslims, in the country.
The spokesperson was responding to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ reaction to PM Imran Khan’s concerns regarding the state of Muslims in the neighbouring country.
On Sunday, PM Khan had tweeted that the deliberate and violent targeting of Muslims in India by the Modi regime was an attempt to to divert the backlash over its COVID-19 policy.
The deliberate & violent targeting of Muslims in India by Modi Govt to divert the backlash over its COVID19 policy, which has left thousands stranded & hungry, is akin to what Nazis did to Jews in Gerrmany. Yet more proof of the racist Hindutva Supremacist ideology of Modi Govt.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 19, 2020
Later, the Indian foreign ministry spokesperson had responded saying that the “bizarre” comments by the Pakistani leadership are an attempt to shift focus from the abysmal handling of their internal affairs.