Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday reiterated his view that the minority communities face discrimination in India and said that he will make sure that people from minorities in his country are treated as equal citizens “unlike what is happening in India”. Khan cited Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s ‘struggle for separate nation for Muslims’.
“Quaid envisaged Pakistan as a democratic, just and compassionate nation. Most importantly he wanted our minorities to be equal citizens. It should be remembered that his early political career was as an ambassador for Hindu Muslim unity,” Khan tweeted.
“His struggle for a separate nation for Muslims only started when he realised that Muslims would not be treated as equal citizens by the Hindu majority. Naya Pak is Quaid’s Pak & we will ensure that our minorities are treated as equal citizens, unlike what is happening in India,” he added.
Khan’s remarks come days he referred to actor Naseeruddin Shah’s remarks on mob violence in India said he would show the Narendra Modi government how to treat minorities”.
“We will show the Modi government how to treat minorities. Even in India, people are saying that minorities are not being treated as equal citizens,” he had said.
Shah had raised an objection to Khan’s remarks and advised him to take care of his own country and stay away from “issues that don’t concern him”.
“I think he (Imran Khan) should be walking the talk in his own country instead of commenting on issues that don’t concern him. We have been a democracy for 70 years and we know how to look after ourselves,” Shah said.
Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif also lashed out at Khan for his remarks over the treatment of minorities in the country. Kaif said Pakistan is the last country that should be lecturing any country on how to treat minorities.
“There were around 20% minorities at the time of Partition in Pakistan, less than 2% remain now. On the other hand, the minority population has grown significantly in India since Independence. Pakistan is the last country that should be lecturing any country on how to treat minorities,” tweeted Kaif.
The BJP also slammed him saying that India does not need any tuition from Pakistan. “Now, Imran Khan will tell us how a democracy works and how the rights of minorities are protected. No doubt that INC India considers him as an angel. But, we do not need any tuition from him,” party spokesperson Sambit Patra said.
In an apparent reference to the recent mob violence in Bulandshahr, Shah had said in a video that the death of a cow was being given more importance than the killing of a policeman and was soon trolled for his remark.
The actor said the “poison has already spread” and it will be now difficult to contain it.
“It will be very difficult to capture this djinn back into the bottle again. There is complete impunity for those who take law into their own hands. In many areas we are witnessing that the death of a cow is given more significance than that of a police officer,” he said.