Pakistan loses no opportunity in maligning India over Kashmir. And it supports its patron nation, China, which regards Islam as a “mental illness”! Yes, mental illness!
Of all the reactions to the Narendra Modi government’s abrogation of Article 370, that of Pakistan is not just mendacious in the extreme but also most hypocritical. For while the Pakistanis claim that their hearts bleed for the alleged maltreatment of their coreligionists in the Kashmir Valley, they even fail to acknowledge the inhuman treatment meted out to the Muslims in China.
Consider Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tweet: “The whole world is waiting to see what happens to oppressed Kashmiris in IOK when the curfew is lifted. Does the BJP govt think, by using greater military force against Kashmiris in IOK, it will stop the freedom movement? Chances are it will gain momentum.”
Up to 1.5 million adults in Xinjiang have been forced into the camps, where China is attempting to reeducate them as part of the Han Chinese majority
In another tweet, he talked about “the genocide of the Kashmiris.” He asked: “Will we watch another appeasement of fascism, this time in the garb of BJP govt, or will the int [international] community have the moral courage to stop this from happening?”
There is not a shred of evidence in the Pakistan Prime Minister’s tweets. The truth is simple and well-acknowledged all over the world: Pakistan aids, abets, and arms jihadists in Kashmir (and elsewhere in India), but when our security forces take any action, we are accused of being brutal and carrying out “genocide.”
The only things as egregious as Pakistan’s lies are its hypocrisy and sanctimoniousness. It accuses India of the “genocide” of Muslims in Kashmir, despite the Indian authorities acting against human rights violations. There have been numerous instances of security personnel getting penalized for proven highhandedness. Then there are the media (which is much freer in India than in Pakistan), public intellectuals, activists, scholars, etc., who incessantly scrutinize the policies and actions of the government.
Still, Pakistan loses no opportunity in maligning India over Kashmir. And it supports its patron nation, China, which regards Islam as a “mental illness”! Yes, mental illness!
The Washington Post reported on July 13, “New evidence is emerging that the Chinese campaign to exterminate the culture and traditions of Turkic Muslim people, chiefly Uighurs, in the Xinjiang region also includes a generation of children and young people. As their parents are hauled off to concentration camps—euphemistically called ‘vocational education’ by the Chinese authorities—the children are being herded into special boarding schools and orphanages. At these schools, the children can check in but they cannot leave. The comprehensive effort to create a separate brainwashing and imprisonment system for children deepens the evidence that China is committing cultural genocide.”
Up to 1.5 million adults in Xinjiang have been forced into the camps, where China is attempting to reeducate them as part of the Han Chinese majority, wiping out their language, traditions and culture, essentially assassinating their identity, the report added.
Who is opposing this gargantuan outrage? Twenty-two democratic countries, mostly Western and Japan. At the session of the UN Human Rights Council last month, they wrote a letter expressing concern about China’s mass detentions in the Xinjiang region and calling for “meaningful access” for “independent international observers.”
And who is supporting China? As many as 37 nations, including about a dozen Muslim nations; Pakistan is among them. “We commend China’s remarkable achievements in the field of human rights,” said the letter written by the 37 countries. In other words, the Pakistanis, among other Muslim countries, commend the nation that describes Islam as a mental illness.
This is the truth about the nation which came into being in the name of Islam. And yet, it has the impudence to criticize India over Article 370.
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.