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Pakistan Condemns India’s Implementation of the Controversial Citizenship Law

Pakistan has expressed strong criticism of the Indian government’s decision to implement the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) of 2019, labeling it as a discriminatory legislation that exposes the “sinister agenda” of the Modi-led regime.

The Controversial Citizenship Amendment Act

The CAA, which was enacted in December 2019 but not implemented until recently due to widespread protests and sectarian violence, grants Indian nationality to Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and Christians who fled to India due to religious persecution from Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan before December 31, 2014. The law has been widely criticized for its exclusion of Muslims.

Pakistan’s Response

Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zehra Baloch, in a weekly press briefing, stated that the legislation and relevant rules are discriminatory as they differentiate amongst people on the basis of their faith. She further added that these regulations and laws are premised on a false assumption that minorities are being persecuted in Muslim countries of the region and the facade of India being a safe haven for minorities.

The Rising Wave of Hindutva

Baloch also highlighted the rising wave of Hindutva under the BJP government, which she said has led to rapid political, economic, and social victimization of Muslims and other religious and social minorities, including Dalits. She added that the discriminatory steps further expose the sinister agenda of transforming India into a Hindu Rashtra.

International Concerns

The spokesperson also referred to a statement of a group of UN Special Rapporteurs urging corrective actions to protect human rights and attacks against minorities in the run-up to India’s national elections. She said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has also termed this Act and the regulations as fundamentally discriminatory in nature and in breach of the international obligations of India.

Pakistan’s Call to India

Baloch urged India to take action to protect its own minorities, especially Muslims, who are in a very difficult situation, because of the rising Hindutva in India and the threat that it poses to Indian society and to the region at large.

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