India slammed Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan over his remarks on Indian minorities and said Khan’s comments were an “egregious” insult to all the Indian citizens and further asked Islamabad to focus on its domestic challenges instead of diverting attention.
Pakistan’s PM was quoted by a Pakistani media, at an event, as saying that his government would never allow its country’s minorities to be treated like a “second class citizens” as being treated in India.
According to Times of India news reports, in an official statement, the ministry of external affairs wrote: “He overlooks the obvious fact that adherents of all faiths choose to live under the democratic polity and the progressive Constitution of India.”
It said Khan has again demonstrated his lack of understanding about the secular ethos and polity of India. It further added saying that India has several eminent leaders of all the faiths who occupy its highest officials and constitutional position.
MEA added: “In contrast, 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’.”
It said Islamabad would start focusing on its domestic challenges and improves its nation’s conditions for its citizens instead of diverting attention. The statement stated that the Pak’s PM’s attempts to “play with minority sentiments in India” will be “rejected by the people of India”.
India slammed Khan over his remarks as saying, “We will ensure minorities in Pakistan are treated as equal citizens with all rights and privileges unlike how the Muslims are being treated in India as second-class citizens.”