Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said that the illegal annexation of occupied Kashmir is part of a wider policy by the right-wing BJP government in India to target Muslims.
The premier was referring to reports in Indian media regarding the contentious National Register of Citizens (NRC) which has declared at least 1.9 million people – mostly Muslims – as ‘illegal residents’.
The NRC list was released today in India’s north-eastern state of Assam that critics said targeted the region’s Muslim minority.
In a tweet, the prime minister added that the Modi government’s ethnic cleansing of Muslims should send alarm bells ringing across the world.
The NRC move by India comes mere weeks after India’s illegal and unilateral revocation of occupied Kashmir’s autonomous status.
Reports in Indian and international media on Modi Govt’s ethnic cleansing of Muslims should send alarm bells ringing across the world that the illegal annexation of Kashmir is part of a wider policy to target Muslims.https://t.co/QmjTDyaGVV
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 31, 2019
Resentment against illegal immigrants simmered for years in one of India’s poorest states, with residents blaming outsiders, many said to come from neighbouring Bangladesh, for stealing their jobs and land.