Pakistan condemns aerial attacks on Riyadh, reaffirms solidarity with Saudi Arabia: FO

Draconian laws on rise, secularism on decline in India’s ‘so-called democracy’: FM


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has condemned the aerial attacks on Riyadh and reaffirmed its support and solidarity with Saudi Arabia against any threat to its security and stability.
In a tweet today, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said these attacks threaten regional peace and violate international law.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday said in India’s ‘so-called democracy’, the secularism was on decline with black law being imposed aimed at targeting minorities in the country.“Instead of strengthening democracy, more black laws are being implemented across India as Hindutva ideology emerges stronger with each passing day,” the Foreign Minister said in a statement on India’s Republic Day.The Foreign Minister said January 26 was observed as ‘Black Day’ all over the world as protest against the heinous policies of Bharatia Janta Party (BJP) government.He said the amendments in India’s constitution denied the identity of Kashmiris.
“Kashmiris in India and across the globe are marking the Black Day because India has taken away their basic constitutional rights,” he said.Qureshi said foreign media and international human rights organizations had started exposing the atrocities of Indian security forces in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
He said on India’s Republic Day, “tractors and not tanks were seen” at the Republic Day parade as farmers strongly protested against the local laws.He said India’s economy was further deteriorating due to negative policies of the BJP government.
The Foreign Minister said minorities in today’s India felt insecure, particularly Muslims, Bengalis and Dalits. Chairman Kashmir Committee Shehryar Khan Afridi on Thuesday said the hidden extremism in India, which was cleverly covered up by its media and government, was starting to expose to the world.
In a tweet in connection with India so-called Republic Day, being observed by Kashmiris as Black Day today, he said Indian state continued violence against minorities and hatred for Kashmiris that clearly indicated its extremist policies.India under Hindutva Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sanctioned its Army and its irregular militant organisation of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to target its minority groups, especially Muslims, Christians and Sikhs.
inister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs Ali Amin Gandapur has lashed out at India for celebrating the so-called Republic Day, saying, it has crossed all the limits of Hindu extremism.
In a statement issued in connection with India’s so called Republic Day, today, he said, India’s sham democracy and pseudo secularism has badly been exposed as the world is witnessing a fascist regime in India.He said India is celebrating Republic Day and its minorities living inside the country are protesting against the Hindu extremist policies. The Minister said Indian state institutions, judiciary and army have partnered with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to pursue its extremist designs.
He appealed to the international institutions to stop Indian bellicosity by imposing sanctions against it to ensure lasting peace in the region and the world.

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