Pakistan described India's Citizenship Amendment Bill as 'retrograde and biased' and termed New Delhi's 'malicious intent to interfere' in the affairs of neighboring countries. The Lok Sabha on Monday approved the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) which provides for citizenship of non-Muslims who have come to India as refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till 31 December 2014 who face religious persecution. Belying They will not be considered illegal migrants.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly condemned the bill. Khan tweeted the Citizenship Bill "violates all rules of international human rights law and bilateral agreements with Pakistan." He said, "It is part of the RSS's expansionist plan of Hindu Rashtra." Earlier, Pakistan's foreign ministry issued a statement after midnight. He said, "We condemn this bill." It is regressive and discriminatory and violates all relevant international treaties and norms. This is India's malicious attempt to interfere in neighboring countries. "
The statement of the Ministry states that the basis of this law is a lie and it completely violates the Global Proclamation of Human Rights and other international treaties to eliminate discrimination on the basis of religion or faith. According to the statement, "The bill introduced in the Lok Sabha is completely contradictory to the various bilateral agreements, including the agreement between Pakistan and India on the protection and rights of the minorities of the two countries."
In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the Bill provides for early citizenship to religiously oppressed minorities of some specific countries already living in India. The Ministry of External Affairs said, "It seeks to address their current difficulties and fulfill their basic human rights. Such an initiative should be welcomed, not criticized by those who are committed to religious freedom.". "
According to the ministry, the cab will not affect the existing routes available to all communities seeking citizenship. The recent record of granting such citizenship shows the fairness of the Government of India. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, however, said the Indian government's bill was "a major step towards realizing the concept of a Hindu nation, a concept that has been nurtured by right-wing Hindu leaders for decades."
The statement said that the bill is a blending of radical "Hindutva ideology and dominant class ambitions in the region and is a clear expression of interference in the internal affairs of neighboring countries on the basis of religion." Pakistan rejects it completely. It added, "India's claim is also false in that it describes itself as the home of minorities who are allegedly facing persecution in neighboring countries."
The Ministry of External Affairs said that 8 million people have been affected by India's action in Kashmir and this shows the government policies. According to the statement, the bill has exposed the hollowness of claims of "democracy and secularism". It has a majority agenda behind it and has brought the anti-Muslim mindset of RSS-BJP to the world.