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Trump plans to raise religious freedom issue during India trip

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

22nd Feb, 2020. 07:49 pm
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White House in a statement on Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump will raise the issue of religious freedom in India with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit.

According to the details, a senior official of the White House told this to US media during a conference call ahead of Trump’s first official visit to India that Donald Trump will raise the issue of religious freedom in India during his meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi next week.

This is a sensitive subject for the Indian government as large number of People have demonstrated protests against Modi government for enacting a citizenship law that is seen as discriminating against Muslims and has deepened concerns his administration in undermining India’s secular traditions.

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Trump’s visit comes at a time when high tensions already mount between India and Pakistan spurred on by India’s  ceasefire violations, controversial citizenship law and its atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

Is is to be noted  that earlier Pakistan was hoping that the US President Donald Trump during his upcoming visit to India will raise the issue of Kashmir with the Indian leadership.

At her weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui hoped the offer of mediation expressed by the US President will be taken forward through some concrete practical steps.

The spokesperson said Pakistan welcomes the letter written by the US Senators to the US Secretary of State drawing attention to the plight of people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

She said voices are growing around the world calling upon India to provide fundamental freedoms to the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir, lift the draconian laws and ensure the just resolution of the outstanding dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions.

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