PM Imran warns of new refugee crisis originating from India

ISLAMABAD – Mudasser Chudhary: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday reiterated his warning that another refugee crisis could arise for Pakistan if the international community failed to take notice of the current situation in India.

Speaking at the two-day refugee summit in Islamabad on 40 years of hosting Afghan refugees in Pakistan, the premier said India’s ultranationalist ideology based on Nazism going unchecked could lead to destruction and the region could become a flashpoint.

Imran said the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement that they can destroy Pakistan in eleven days is not a responsible statement by a premier of a nuclear state with a huge population.

“Because of the Hindutva ideology Kashmiris have been persecuted for over 200 days while living under a lockdown,” Imran stressed adding that under the same ideology, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government passed two discriminatory nationalistic legislation, targeting 200 million Muslims in India.

“Generosity has nothing to do with one’s bank balance,” Imran maintained.

“I say it with pride that my country has hosted millions of refugees,” PM Imran said adding that despite economic challenges, Pakistan has kept good relations with Afghan refugees.

The premier said Pakistan is celebrating 40 years of hosting refugees.

He further said that political leaders have used the refugees’ crisis for personal gain to bag votes and spread hate.

Imran stated that following the September 11 terrorist attack, Islamophobia compounded to the miseries of the refugees.