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PM Imran Khan condemns Indian Anti-Muslim Citizenship Bill

Prime Minister Imran Khan condemns the recent controversial legislation passed by the Indian Parliament which will grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, but not to the Muslims.

While registering his condemnation of the bill, PM Imran Khan in a tweet said, “We strongly condemn Indian Lok Sabha citizenship legislation which violates all norms of international human rights law and bilateral agreements with Pakistan”.

Pakistani premier has labeled the move as “part of the RSS Hindu Rashtra design of expansionism propagated by the fascist Modi government.”.

On, Tuesday, the lower house of the Indian legislature passed controversial legislation that will grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims, amid raucous scenes in parliament and protests in the northeast of the country.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill provides that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians fleeing persecution in Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan can be granted citizenship.

The controversial bill was comfortably passed the lower house with 311 votes in favour and 80 against just after midnight, amid the international outcry.

Furthermore, the Foreign Office in a statement called the move “a complete violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international covenants on the elimination of all forms of discrimination based on religion or belief”.

“The Lok Sabha legislation is also in complete contravention of various bilateral agreements between Pakistan and India, particularly the one concerning security and rights of minorities in the respective countries,” the statement further added.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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