India dangerous for all minorities: FM

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that attitude of the Indian government is not only dangerous for Muslims but for all the minorities living in India.
While quoting analysis of New York Times, Washington Post and The Guardian on United States Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) report, which recommends that the State Department should designate India as a “country of particular concern” or CPC, FM Qureshi said that the news organisations have cited 318 different incidents where Indians have attempted forced religious conversions.
“There are millions of people in India who support secularism and are raising their voices against the attitude of the Indian government,” the foreign minister said. “The massacre of Muslims in Delhi six years ago was witnessed by the whole world, but they remained silent.” Qureshi said that many Gulf countries had registered their protest about the behaviour of the Indian government. There are many Indian citizens living in these countries but, their lives have never been made difficult, he added.
“I have re-written a letter to the OIC [Organisation of Islamic Cooperation],” the FM said. “I have sent letters to the foreign ministers of the member countries to raise their voices against this [Indian] attitude at the international level. Qureshi further said that the views of international human rights organisations and the international media on India are rapidly changing. “On one hand, Indian actions against minorities are being criticised and on the other hand, Pakistan’s efforts to protect the rights of minorities are being appreciated,” the FM said.
Qureshi also said that Amit Shah likening Muslims for the coronavirus is highly deplorable. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday said the opinion of human rights watchdogs and international media was rapidly turning against India over its abusive treatment to minorities particularly Muslims. In his reaction over a report of US Commission on International Religious Freedom, Qureshi said the reference of 328 incidents of forced religious conversions in India was an eye-opener about the country’s oppressive policies against minorities. He said several millions positive-minded people in India who strongly supported a secular state, were also raising voice against their government.