Pakistan PM Imran Khan again took a dig at India and claimed that another refugee crisis like Afghanistan could arise for Pakistan if the global community does not pay heed to the ‘crisis’ in India.
Earlier, PM Khan in an interview with Turkish media had also claimed that the Modi-led BJP government was preparing to repeat the Myanmar style genocide and expulsion of its minority population.
Khan in an interview had stated said that as many as 500 million people will be omitted from the citizenship list under India’s new citizenship bill which is followed by updating the exercise of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
“This is exactly what happened in Myanmar when they first started the registration act and that’s how they excluded the Muslims and then the genocide took place. I am afraid this is where it is heading in India,” Khan said
Speaking at the two-day refugee summit in Islamabad on 40 years of hosting Afghan refugees in Pakistan, Khan said India’s Hindutva ideology based on Nazism is not halted now, it could lead to the destruction of the entire region.
“Because of the Hindutva ideology Kashmiris have been persecuted for over 200 days while living under a lockdown,” Khan emphasised adding that under the same ideology, the BJP government passed two discriminatory nationalistic legislation, targeting 200 million Muslims in India.
One of the world’s largest refugee-hosting nations, Pakistan is home to an estimated 2.4 million registered and unregistered migrants from Afghanistan. There were an estimated 1,405,715 registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan as of June 2019, as per the statistics by UN refugee agency.
From 2002 to 2018, some of 4,374,208 Afghan refugees willingly repatriated from Pakistan with UNHCR’s assistance. Since the beginning of 2019, around 10,720 Afghans have returned home from Pakistan, according to the data collected by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).