ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has strongly denounced the mischievous move by the Indian government led by the Hindu hardliner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of observing ‘Partition Horrors Remembrance Day’ on August 14.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said that true to its characteristic revisionist agenda, the BJP-RSS led dispensation has again sought to hypocritically and one-sidedly invoke the tragic events and mass migration that occurred in the wake of Independence in 1947.
The Spokesperson said that it is deplorable that the BJP government, as part of its divisive political agenda, is wantonly attempting to play with the sentiments of the people through distorted interpretation of history.
If the Indian leaders genuinely care about agony, suffering and pain, they must work to improve the conditions of the Muslims and other minorities in India, he added.
Asim Iftikhar said that the last seven decades have been replete with undeniable proof that India’s espousal of secularism was a sham. The fact is that today’s India is an undeclared ‘Hindu Rashtra’ that has no place or tolerance for other religious minorities, especially Muslims who are faced with discrimination, persecution and political and socio-economic exclusion.
The Spokesperson further said that the government of India is advised to desist from politicizing the events related to Independence and instead sincerely honour the memories of all those who sacrificed for a better future for all.