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Indian gov’t ‘sponsors Islamophobia’, Pakistan PM tells UN

September 26, 2020 11:51 AM

- In his UN General Assembly speech, Pakistani leader also denounces India’s moves to cement control of Muslim-majority Kashmir.

- India promptly responded to Imran Khan's comments

New York, September 25, 2020
In a speech to the United Nations, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called India’s Hindu-nationalist government a sponsor of hatred and prejudice against Islam, while denouncing its moves to cement control of Muslim-majority Kashmir.

Addressing the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday, Khan said Islamophobia prevails in India today and threatens the nearly 200 million Muslims who live there.

“The one country in the world today where, I am sad to say, the state sponsors Islamophobia, is India. The reason behind this is RSS ideology that unfortunately rules India today, ” Khan said in a recorded speech to the UNGA, which is being held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“They believe that India is exclusive to Hindus and others are not equal citizens.”

Pakistan PM has frequently criticised the decision by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last August to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its statehood, scrap its separate constitution and remove inherited protections on land and jobs.

India’s security clampdown sparked protests, and UN-appointed independent experts have called on the Indian government to take urgent action They believe that India is exclusive to Hindus and others are not equal citizens

The Kashmir region is split between India and Pakistan, which have fought two wars over the territory while claiming the region in its entirety.

“There will be no durable peace and stability in South Asia until the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is resolved on the basis of international legitimacy, ” Khan said, calling for a peaceful solution and a rescinding of India’s August 5 move.

Residents of the heavily militarised Indian-administered Kashmir say security forces have arrested thousands of young men, raided people’s homes, inflicted beatings and electric shocks, and threatened to take away and marry their female relatives.

Thousands of protesters over the past year have been wounded in pellet-gun attacks, including hundreds blinded in one or both eyes.

For seven months, until March, the area was under a communications blackout with social media and internet access banned.

“The international community must investigate these grave violations and prosecute the Indian civil and military personnel involved in state terrorism and serious crimes against humanity.”

Meanwhile, Hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan raised the Kashmir issue , India promptly responded to Imran Khan's comments and requested the United Nations for the floor to exercise Right to Reply in response to Pakistan's statements.

Indian delegate Mijito Vinito, who had earlier walked out of the hall when Imran Khan's pre-recorded statement was played, presented India's stand.

In a strongly-worded reply, India said, "The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India. The rules and legislation brought in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir are strictly internal affairs of India." 

Responding to Pakistan's Prime Minister, India firmly said, "The only dispute left in Kashmir relates to the part of Kashmir that is still under illegal occupation of Pakistan. We call upon Pakistan to vacate all those areas that it is in illegal occupation of."
- Agencies

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