The BJP on Sunday lashed out at Pakistan Prime Minster Imran Khan over his barb at India on treatment of minorities, terming his country “a land of atrocities against minorities” who has been “persecuted” there since its birth in 1947.
Using a Hidni proverb ‘Sau chuhe khake bill Haj ko chali’ Minorities Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi described Khan’s comments as a case of a cat going on a pilgrimage after eating 100 mice.
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In a strong remarks against Pakistan, Naqvi said that number of minorities like Hindus, Sikhs and Christians have fallen by almost 90 percent in Pakistan since its birthas they were hounded by Islamic fundamentalists in collusion with its government..
Unlike Pakistan, where minorities were killed, forced to convert or persecuted out of the country, in India they have grown and are an equal partner in development, Naqvi asserted.
In the neighbouring country, minorities are barely two to three per cent of its population, he said.
The Union Minister also had a word of advice for veteran Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah, whose comments expressing concern over mob violence in the country were seized upon by Imran Khan.
Naqvi said “Naseeruddin Shah should also consider that such a sweeping statement that is also factually incorrect causes a lot of harm and is used by anti-India forces to target our country.”
Shah had cited the murder of a police inspector in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr by a mob protesting alleged slaughter of cow to express his concern.
Minorities’ constitutional, social and democratic rights in India have always been secure, he said, adding that Pakistan’s ill-treatment of its minorities have been recorded by various global bodies, including the United Nations.