Pakistani Prime Minister Imran KhanThe declaration to “show” the Modi government “how to treat minorities” drew strong reactions at all levels. While actor Naseeruddin Shah – whose comments Khan was responding to – and AIMIM Chairman Asaduddin Owaisi both scolded Prime Minister Pak, he was also greeted with vehement protests from the Muslim community in India.
In Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, a group of people from the Muslim community not only criticized the Pakistani prime minister, but also shouted anti-Pakistani slogans.
Protesters, from the Raza Academy in Mumbai, blamed the Pakistani government for the mistreatment of Muslims from the Sufi sect and claimed that 500 Muslims were being held captive. Protesters held signs saying “Pakistan Murdabad” and criticized the regime for oppressing minorities in their backyards.
Raza Academy spokesman Abdurrahman Ziyani urged Imran Khan to do justice to his country’s minority community first. Abdurrahman said the circumstances of the minority in Pakistan are worse and instead of doing them justice, Imran Khan is defaming India, which will not be tolerated.
It should be noted that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has a checkered record when it comes to dealing with minorities. As the Christian community curls up in fear, with even an acquitted “blasphemer” forced to remain in detention, Ahmadis do not even have legal status in the country.
Imran Khan’s government, when it came to power, was forced to reverse an offer made to famed economist Atif Mian, a professor at Princeton University who was to serve on Prime Minister Pak’s economic council.
Khan had reacted to Naseeruddin Shah’s comments about the violence in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, which left a policeman dead.
The veteran actor is at the center of a major controversy over his remarks on the spate of mob lynching cases in India after the murder of a policeman in the Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh earlier this month. However, Imran Khan’s jibe was not well received by Indian citizens from all political backgrounds.
Reacting to Imran Khan’s statement, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi reiterated that India does not need to learn about Pakistan’s “inclusion”. He wrote: “According to the Pakistani constitution, only a Muslim is qualified to be president. India has seen several presidents from oppressed communities. It’s high time Khan sahab learns something from us about inclusive politics and minority rights.
Scolding Khan, the Naseeruddin Shah said: “I think Mr. Khan should be preaching the word in his own country instead of commenting on issues that are not of concern to him. We have been a democracy for 70 years and we know how to take care of ourselves. Shah finds himself at the center of a major controversy over his remarks on the spate of mob lynching cases in India after the murder of a policeman in the Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh earlier this month.