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Imran Khan accuses India of ‘threatening its neighbours’

Imran Khan in his tweet said that the Indian government is “not only a threat to the country’s minorities, but also a threat to regional peace

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has tweeted against India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi amidst the worldwide pandemic crisis, lecturing India for reasons that look questionable. Hitting out at the Narendra Modi government, Khan tweeted, “The Hindutva Supremacist Modi Govt with its arrogant expansionist policies, akin to Nazi’s Lebensraum (Living Space), is becoming a threat to India’s neighbours. Bangladesh through Citizenship Act, border disputes with Nepal & China, & Pak threatened with false flag operation.”

The faceoff which is going on in the Eastern Ladakh seems to have irked China’s all-time friend and puppet Pakistan. The Pakistan prime minister posted a series of tweets.

Khan reiterated his stand on the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, calling it “illegal” besides accusing the Indian side of “relegating its minorities”.

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In the backdrop that seems to have disturbed the prime minister of Pakistan, Indian and Chinese troops had come to blows near Pangong Tso, a lake in eastern Ladakh, earlier this month. Since then, there has been no scaling down of tensions on the LAC in eastern Ladakh, with India matching the Chinese with its deployment of man and material.

In Ladakh, at least six rounds of talks have been held between Indian and Chinese military commanders on the ground but have failed to achieve a breakthrough. Sources said the Chinese, who crossed the LAC at three places, have refused to move out of Indian territory or de-escalate the tensions. In Galwan valley, the Chinese have massed troops on their side of the LAC.

Besides tensions at Naku La in Sikkim and at Galwan river and Pangong Tso in Ladakh, India has been worried about the Nepal government’s recent behaviour on the border map issue. Army Chief General MM Naravane recently said that Nepal was doing it at “the behest of a third party”, ostensibly referring to China.

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Pakistan and China consider themselves all-weather friends mutually. Their top politicians often support each other on matters of core interests. Khan has, along those lines, alleged that India had “illegally annexed” Kashmir and dubbed it as “a war crime”, much as it was a Pakistan Army-backed operation through which that country annexed territories of Kashmir, which India now refers to as Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, in 1947 barely a few months after India had gained independence and Pakistan was separated from the ancient nation.

India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was its internal matter. It also advised Pakistan to accept the reality and stop all anti-India propaganda.

Imran Khan in his tweet said that the Indian government is “not only a threat to the country’s minorities, but also a threat to regional peace.” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also alleged that India’s “aggressive policy towards its neighbours is putting at stake the regional peace and security.” Meanwhile, the Foreign Office on Wednesday rejected as “misleading and factually incorrect” the media reports about the virtual meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ambassadors to the United Nations on 20 May.

It said that during the meeting, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN highlighted the growing Islamophobia and violence against Muslims in India. The FO statement said that “sharing the growing concern over serious implications of Islamophobia in India, a large number of OIC Ambassadors supported the need for a coordinated OIC position on Islamophobia at the UN.”

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