Jodhpur killing has exposed India's citizenship act: Ramesh Kumar

Jodhpur killing has exposed India’s citizenship act: Ramesh Kumar

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Patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council Dr Ramesh Kumar on Sunday said the killing of 11 Pakistani Hindus in India’s Jodhpur had exposed New Delhi’s Citizenship Amendment Act that offers Indian nationality to the region’s minorities, excluding Muslims.

“This [killing] raises the question whether it was a real act to grant amnesty or one to fool people,” he said, addressing a press conference in Islamabad.

On August 9, 2019, 11 Pakistani Hindus (including children) were killed in a mysterious environment in Lota Village, Haridasot, Haridasot, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. Lived there for eight years.

Many Hindus from all over the country held a sit-in to protest the incident at the High Commission of India in Islamabad. Members of the Hindu community under Kumar took a caravan from Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other parts of the country to the federal capital to protest the killing.

They also called on the international community to provide them with justice.

Kumar said that he will soon sue the International Court of Justice for the crime of killing Hindus families in India.

Speaking of India’s unfair treatment of Muslims, he said that he was invited to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony of Ayodhya Mandir.

“I declined the offer and said that I too worship Ram but I have never heard about a place of Allah’s worship being razed to the ground and a place for Ram’s worship being built on top.”

He said that on the one hand the Supreme Court of Pakistan is “fighting for the rights of minorities in the country” and on the other hand, the supreme court in India has issued a judgment to build a temple on top of a mosque site.

“I think such actions should not be taken,” he said.

When talking about India’s treatment of Kashmiris, Kumar said that Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmiris had been imprisoned in their houses for more than 400 days. He lamented: “This violates basic human rights.”

He said that India’s claims to empower the occupied Kashmir, Article 35 and Article 370, are having the opposite effect, and the people in the region are suffering.

Kumar said that compared with the struggle of the Kashmiris, Pakistan has made only 5% of its efforts. “If we give us a 100% to 150% share, then Kashmir will become an independent country.”

“It has been 74 years and several events have taken place. Both sides have made mistakes. We are ready to sit down and work to remove all reservations but for that you must follow international laws,” he said, addressing the Indian leadership.

“We will have to stop this blame game and walk on the path of truth […] only then we will see a region like that was envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam, Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.”

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