Minorities unsafe in India under Modi govt: FM

Foreign Minister Qureshi urges US to ban Indian officials

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our correspondent

ISLAMABAD

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday slammed India over brutal attack on unarmed Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia students protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

The foreign minister, while addressing the National Assembly session, has said the Indian police baton-charged the protesting students and fired tear gas, leaving six dead and scores injured.

The Modi government continues to curb and undermine the rights of minorities in accordance with Hindutva Supremacist ideology, he added. He further  said, illegal annexation of Kashmir, Babari Masjid, Citizenship Amendment Bill which excludes Muslims are all targeted towards the subjugation of minorities.

Commenting over Kashmir’s situation, the foreign minister said held valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions continued to remain grim on the 132nd consecutive day.

FM Qureshi said the ban on internet service and mobile connections is still in place in held valley, adding Modi-led Indian government not allowing human rights observers and journalists to visit occupied Kashmir.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed concern on India‘s controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill – which excludes Muslims and targeted at curbing of minorities – and urged the US to ban Indian officials including Indian Home Minister Amit Shah.

FM Qureshi said that the controversial law gave rise to a constitutional crisis in India. The real face of Modi has been exposed infront of the entire world while few have still chosen to close their eyes, he expressed, adding that they always have, and will stand with Indian Muslims.

In a tweet, FM Qureshi showed concern over the brutal and indiscriminate use of force” by the Indian government against the students of Jamia Milia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

The Foreign Minister asserted that Muslims, Dalits, Sikhs and Christians are vulnerable in India. Modi persecuted minorities and executed a genocide against Muslims in Gujrat, and he is doing all of this again today, he added. He urged the Indian Parliament to stop oppressing the minorities and release innocent people in India.

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