On January 31, 2020 – Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan warned of a repeat of the Myanmar-style genocide in India. He said that India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was preparing to repeat the exclusion of its minority population.
Khan’s comments come amid concerns over the Indian government’s new citizenship law, which has been accused of being discriminatory against Muslims. The law, which was passed in December 2019, makes it easier for non-Muslims from neighboring countries to obtain Indian citizenship. However, it does not make the same provision for Muslims.
Khan also warned that the Indian government’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) could lead to the exclusion of millions of Muslims. The NRC is a process of verifying the citizenship of all residents of Assam, a state in northeastern India. The process has been criticized for being discriminatory against Muslims, as many have been unable to provide the necessary documentation to prove their citizenship.
Khan’s comments have been met with anger from the Indian government, which has accused him of making “irresponsible” and “inflammatory” statements. However, Khan’s comments have also resonated with many Indian Muslims, who fear that the BJP government is trying to create a Hindu-only India.
The situation in India is concerning, and it is important to be aware of the potential for violence and discrimination against Muslims. The international community should continue to monitor the situation and pressure the Indian government to uphold the rights of all its citizens.