PM questions Modi’s silence


BJP’s call for Muslim genocide

—Wonders whether BJP govt supports this rhetoric

—Sees India sliding towards Mobocricy

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday questioned the silence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over calls for the genocide of Indian Muslims by the far-right leaders belonging to Hindutva outfits.

The speeches that had propagated violence against Muslims were made at a three-day ‘hate speech conclave’ organised by the controversial Hindutva leader Yati Narsinghanand in Haridwar city of India’s Uttarakhand state last month.

Annapurna Maa, secretary of Hindu Mahasabha had called on Hindus to buy weapons and prepare for Muslim genocide. “If we become soldiers [and] kill 2 million Muslims then we’ll be victorious,” Maa had said.

The premier asked whether the silence of the Modi government on the issue meant the endorsement of this anti-Muslim rhetoric. “It is high time the international community took note and acted,” he added.

According to the PM, during the government of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), all religious minorities living in India were targeted by Hindutva groups with impunity. “The extremist agenda of the Modi-led government is real and a present threat to peace in our region,” he added.

‘Calls for Muslim genocide could spark civil war’

Former naval chief and senior military commander Arun Prakash has warned that India could descend into civil war as political leadership of the country had failed to condemn the recent genocide calls against Muslims by Hindu hardliners.

In an interview, former admiral Arun Prakash said the silence of the country’s political leadership over calls for Muslim genocide and ethnic cleansing is “ominous … (and) there should be outright condemnation and firm action”.

He added that if this continues “there’s bound to be a counter” and “the next step could be conflict”. Asked if this meant India could face a civil war, the former admiral replied: “Yes, indeed”. –Agencies