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Pak PM Imran Khan requests the world community to intervene and protect Indian Muslims

Khan said the ideology of the BJP and RSS, is “racist” and “based on hatred”, and warned Pakistanis targeting minorities of strict action

New Delhi: Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan attempted on Wednesday to use the ongoing unrest in northeast Delhi for diplomatic leverage, requesting the world community to intervene to protect Indian Muslims.

Twenty-two people are dead in horrific violence involving supporters and detractors of the Citizenship Amendment Act, whose critics say it violates the Constitution and discriminates against Muslims..

Khan said the ideology of the BJP and RSS, is “racist” and “based on hatred”, and warned Pakistanis targeting minorities of strict action.

On the other hand, the Indian government insists that the Citizenship Amendment Act, made law in December, is meant to give “a new ray of hope” to minorities who left Pakistan or two other Islamic nations because of religious persecution. The Government has promised Indian Muslims they will not lose citizenship.

In recent years ties between India and Pakistan have seen a sharp downswing, especially since New Delhi broke with decades of restraint to send fighter jets into Pakistan to target terrorists in 2019 (in response to a suicide bombing that killed 40 Indian soldiers) and later revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special legal status.

The Indian government is yet to respond to Khan’s latest comments.

But it is usually quick to reply to the Pakistani narrative: At a recent debate at the United Nations, New Delhi responded to the Pakistani envoy’s claims about Kashmir and India’s military ambitions by telling its rival: “Even though it is late, neighbour, heal thyself of your malaise.”

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