No help offered from India or sought by Pakistan: Bilawal

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Says Muslim minority in India feeling insecure

 

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Wednesday that India did not reach out to help Pakistan as unprecedented flooding in the country devastated infrastructure and affected over 33 million people.

In an interview with France 24 in New York, the Pakistan Peoples Party chairman in response to a question said that the neighboring country has not helped Pakistan and Pakistan has also not asked for help either.

Describing the current relations with India in the interview, the foreign minister said that, “We have a long and complicated history with India… Unfortunately, the India today is a changed India. It is no longer the secular India promised by its founding fathers for all its citizens.”

“It is increasingly becoming a Hindu-supremacist India at the expense of its Christian and Muslim minorities and that’s not the sort of Muslim minorities within India but unfortunately in the disputed region of Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).”

He referred to the August 2019 move when the Indian government revoked the special status of IIOJK, and said these recent steps and actions have left very little space for Pakistan to engage.

“Unilateral illegal actions of August 2019 where attempts to undermine the resolution of the United Nations… United Nations Security Council… and change the boundaries of this disputed territory and going a step further and attempting to change the Muslim majority in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir into a minority in their own land,” the minister said.

The India today, is a changed India. It is no longer a secular India. It is increasingly becoming a Hindu supremacist India at the expense of its Christian and Muslim minorities, he said.

Bilawal added India’s “absolutely racist” and “Islamophobic” policy has caused reaction not only within Kashmir but all across India.

The PPP chairman added that the Muslim minority in India is feeling persecuted and insecure. He also said that this is an active policy of the state and this is how the government of India are treating their own Muslim citizens and that one can only imagine how they are treating the Muslims of Pakistan and IIOJK.

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