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Pakistan says Muslims being butchered in India

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that no minority including Muslims, Dalits, Sikhs and Christians were safe in India.

The Pakistani foreign minister pointed out that India has introduced controversial legislation such as Citizens Amendment Act and NRC to crush the minorities. The foreign minister said the whole world is witness to the Delhi riots in which several Muslims were killed and properties on large scale were ransacked. He said the construction of the temple at the site of Babri mosque reflects the Hindutva mindset. The foreign minister said that Indian forces are persecuting Muslims in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

He said internal instability is not good for the country as there is a grave situation in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the Afghan peace process is entering into its final stage. The minister said the economy of the country is also reviving due to the efforts of the government.

Meanwhile, news outlets in India have once again tried to push fabricated stories to whitewash New Delhi’s atrocities in Kashmir, the Muslim-majority Himalayan region, where India has been trying quell a popular uprising for decades.

Over the weekend, Pakistan’s foreign ministry had to issue an official denial to address a ‘news report’ that has been doing the rounds in the mainstream Indian media.

“Pakistan completely rejects concoctions based on “fake news”, in a section of the Indian media, alleging transfer of foreign fighters to Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK),” it said in a statement.

Since Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year condemned New Delhi’s decision to revoke Kashmir’s nominal autonomy, Indian media outlets have targeted the Turkish leader relentlessly.

The latest episode unfolded after a Greek news website, Pentapostagma, published an unsubstantiated article that made an absurd assertion that Syrian mercenaries were being paid $2,000 to travel and fight in Kashmir.

The ‘news’ that first needed to be translated into English quickly inflamed passions in the nuclear-armed neighbours and archrivals.

News organisations such as India Today and India.com, which went full-throttle in October over an imaginary civil war in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi, were quick to draw far-fetched assumptions about Ankara’s military involvement in the region.

“India’s propaganda is rubbish and a crude attempt to undercut Turkey’s political and diplomatic support for Kashmiris struggling against Indian oppression and tyranny. It won’t happen,” Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan said.

The Greek article made a conspiratorial connection between Kashmir’s homegrown militancy and the recent Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Turkey has steadfastly backed its long-time ally Azerbaijan, a fellow Turkic country. Ankara supported Baku diplomatically and militarily especially with its drones which turned the tide in Azerbaijan’s favour.

During the 44-day war, a few reports alleged that Turkey-backed Syrian militias were fighting alongside Azerbaijani forces. Both Turkey and Azerbaijan denied the allegations.

But Pentapostgama made the wild assertion that since these Syrian fighters now have the experience of fighting in the Karabakh mountains, they can easily be transferred to Kashmir’s Himalayan terrain.

Greece and Turkey have been at loggerheads over the right to search for oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Ankara says that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus must also have a share in the petroleum bounty.