New Delhi: India has lambasted on Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for his comments on the situation of minorities in India saying the remarks are an “egregious insult to all citizens of India.”

In a statement, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “Pakistan’s Prime Minister has yet again demonstrated his lack of understanding about India’s secular polity and ethos. He overlooks the obvious fact that adherents of all faiths choose to live under the democratic polity and the progressive Constitution of India.”

He further said, “India has eminent leaders of all faiths who occupy its highest Constitutional and official positions.” Khan who was in Nankana Sahib on Saturday said his country did not treat its minorities as second class citizens as India did.

India also highlighted how Atif Mian was removed from the Economic Advisory Council since he was from minority Ahmadiyya sect after being pressured from the right-wing lobby in the country.

The MEA said, “Pakistani citizens of non-Islamic faith are barred from occupying high Constitutional offices. The minorities are often turned away from government bodies like the Economic Advisory Council of their Prime Minister, even in ‘naya Pakistan’.”

India asked Pakistan “would do well to focus on its domestic challenges” and “improve conditions of its citizens rather than try and divert attention.”

Pakistan has been trying to get a bailout from the international monetary fund (IMF) to support the ailing economy. The Pakistani Prime Minister will be meeting IMF Chief Christine Lagarde on Sunday in Dubai regarding the bailout.

This is not for the first time that Khan has talked about the issue of minorities in India. In December last year, he said he will “show Modi government how to treat minorities”

On December 25, 2018, the birth anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the man who partitioned India, Khan tweeted, “Naya Pakistan is Quaid’s Pakistan and will ensure that our minorities are treated as equal citizens, unlike what is happening in India”

(Written by Siddhant Sibal)