India, on Friday, hit out at Islamabad, saying that Pakistan should be the last country to lecture New Delhi ‘on plurality and inclusive society’. Addressing a weekly briefing, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the ‘world is fully aware of the situation of minorities in their country’. The MEA statement comes on the backdrop of recent comments by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who said that Pakistan treats minorities ‘as equal citizens, unlike what is happening in India’.
“Pakistan said minorities are not treated well in India, I think Pakistan should be the last country to lecture us on plurality and inclusive society. We and the world are fully aware of the situation of minorities in their country,” Kumar said during the press briefing. In December, Imran Khan had taken to Twitter and said, “Quaid (Jinnah) envisaged Pakistan as a democratic, just and compassionate nation. Most importantly he wanted our minorities to be equal citizens. It should be remembered that his early political career was as an ambassador for Hindu Muslim unity… His struggle for a separate nation for Muslims only started when he realised that Muslims would not be treated as equal citizens by the Hindu majority. Naya Pak is Quaid’s Pak & we will ensure that our minorities are treated as equal citizens, unlike what is happening in India.
Kumar also questioned Pakistan’s double standards over terrorism and said, “If Pakistan is ready for dialogue, why hasn’t Pakistan taken any action against Mumbai and Pathankot terror attack perpetrators? They continue to provide support to the banned terrorist outfits.”
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