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Pak PM says 200 million Muslims are being targeted in India

Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan (Photo: AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Pramod Thomas

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the world community to “act now” on the deadly violence against Muslims in India on Wednesday (26).

“IOJK [Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir] was the beginning. Now 200 million Muslims in India are being targeted. The world community must act now,” Imran Khan tweeted.

Communal violence in India’s capital has led to the deaths of 21 people and injured over 200 others since Sunday.

Imran Khan said: “Today in India we are seeing the Nazi-inspired RSS ideology take over a nuclear-armed state of over a billion people. Whenever a racist ideology based on hatred takes over, it leads to bloodshed.”

“As I had predicted in my address to United Nations General Assembly last year, once the genie is out of the bottle the bloodshed will get worse,” Khan said in another tweet.

He asserted that minorities are equal citizens in Pakistan.

The prime minister also warned that anyone in Pakistan targeting non-Muslim citizens or their places of worship will be “dealt with strictly”.

Imran Khan has condemned what he terms as the spread of the RSS ideology in India.

On several instances in the past, the premier has referred to India’s annexation of occupied Kashmir and its introduction of new citizenship laws as part of larger agenda, inspired by the extremist Hindutva ideology, to change demographics in Muslim-majority areas.

Protests against a contentious citizenship law began on a smaller scale on Sunday but escalated on Monday and Tuesday into running battles between Hindus and Muslims in New Delhi’s north-east.

Recently, former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s thinking is “inclined towards negativity”.

He added that till the time Modi is in power the relationship between India and Pakistan cannot improve.

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