PM Imran urges international community to ‘act now’ on deadly violence against Muslims in India

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a press conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on September 24, 2019. - Khan said Tuesday that both the United States and Saudi Arabia asked him to mediate with Iran to defuse tensions. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)
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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday urged the world community to “act now” on the deadly violence against Muslims in India.

Communal violence in the capital New Delhi has led to the deaths of 20 individuals and injured 200 others since Sunday.

In a post shared on Twitter, the premier said: “Today in India we are seeing the Nazi-inspired RSS ideology take over a nuclear-armed state of over a billion people. Whenever a racist ideology based on hatred takes over, it leads to bloodshed.”

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Prime Minister Imran said he had predicted during his address at the United Nations General Assembly that “once the genie is out of the bottle, the bloodshed will get worse”.

“IOJK [Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir] was the beginning. Now 200 million Muslims in India are being targeted. The world community must act now.”

In a subsequent tweet, the premier said that minorities are equal citizens of Pakistan and warned Pakistanis against targeting non-Muslims or their places of worship.

“I want to warn our people that anyone in Pakistan targeting our non-Muslim citizens or their places of worship will be dealt with strictly. Our minorities are equal citizens of this country,” he said.

Prime Minister Imran has repeatedly warned about the spread of the RSS ideology in India. He has emphasised that its spread would not stop in occupied Kashmir.

Protests against a contentious citizenship law began on a smaller scale on Sunday but escalated on Monday and Tuesday into running battles between Hindus and Muslims in New Delhi’s north-east, where rioters armed with stones, swords and even guns were out in force.

20 people died and nearly 200 others were wounded in the first two days of violence, the director of the hospital where people were taken, told AFP on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he had conducted an extensive review of the situation prevailing in the Indian capital, adding that police and other relevant agencies are working on the ground to “ensure peace and normalcy”.

“Peace and harmony are central to our ethos,” Modi said in a subsequent tweet.

“I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest,” he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, New Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the army should be called in and a curfew should also be imposed in the rest of the affected areas.

According to India Today, curfew was imposed in four areas of North East Delhi — Maujpur, Jaffrabad, Chand Bagh and Karawal Nagar.

Additionally, the report added that a shoot-at-sight order was issued on Tuesday evening in the clash-hit areas.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is closely following the situation in New Delhi, First Post reported.

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