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Stop Whining, Imran Khan

Shivani Tripathi

Posted on August 12, 2019 13:33

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Pakistan has sunk to a new low.

“Attempt is to change demography of Kashmir through ethnic cleansing. Question is: Will the world watch & appease as they did Hitler at Munich?” Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted yesterday. “The Hindu Supremacists version of Hitler's Lebensraum.”

Before I dive into these ludicrous remarks, let me provide some context: India consisted of 500 separate kingdoms before the partition. The head of each kingdom had to decide whether the territory would belong to secular India or the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The ruler of Jammu and Kashmir acceded to India. Pakistan’s only basis for claiming Kashmir is its majority Muslim population in the valley, without considering the fact that Laddakh is Buddhist and Jammu is a Hindu majority region of the state. 

After two wars over Kashmir, India and Pakistan both control portions of the state. Last week, India revoked Kashmir’s autonomy - the portion controlled by India. This basically makes India-controlled Kashmir just like another state in India. It does not impact Pakistan, or Indian Muslims, at all. 

Despite this, Pakistan has reacted with fury. They have expelled the Indian envoy, banned Bollywood films, and formally suspended all trade ties with India. Ironically, this hurts Pakistan more than its neighbor. Moreover, Pakistan has not received any support from other countries on this matter. 

Now, Khan has resorted to making pathetic attacks on Twitter. Mr. Khan, look at your own country. Religious minorities constituted 26% of Pakistan’s population immediately after the partition in 1947. After decades of religious persecution, this percentage has plummeted to 2%. Now that is the real definition of ethnic cleansing.

With Pakistan’s medieval blasphemy laws, the price for leaving Islam, or even criticizing the religion, is death. Public school textbooks pollute children’s minds with hatred for Hindus, Christians, and Jews. 

In addition, hundreds of Hindu girls are abducted, raped, and forcibly converted to Islam every month. Islamist groups have condoned these crimes, citing conversions as a way to retain blessings. 

Government sanitation jobs nationwide are reserved for religious minorities because Pakistan views the dangerous, unhygienic work as beneath Muslims. Sounds like Muslim supremacy to me. 

Mr. Khan, why do you bring up the Holocaust whenever something doesn’t go your way? Last year, a Dutch politician held a Muhammed-drawing competition. You had the nerve to compare insulting the prophet to insulting the Holocaust - as if a cartoon drawing were as severe as the brutal murder of six million people. 

Now, you are making the same ridiculous claims against India. The reality is that secular India champions religious freedom. India has second largest Muslim population in the world. The integration of Kashmir into India will only give Kashmiri Muslims the same legal rights as Muslims in other Indian states.

Mr. Khan, put the phone down and focus on the welfare of your own people. Improve your terrible human rights situation and uplift your floundering economy. Create a national identity that is pro-Pakistan instead of anti-India. It would also be great if you stopped funding terrorists. 

 

 

Shivani Tripathi

Posted on August 12, 2019 13:33

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Source: Al Jazeera

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