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Pakistan rejects RSS chief’s ‘provocative, irresponsible statement’ on partition


Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar addressing press briefing in Islamabad. Image: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan on Saturday strongly condemned and rejected the “highly provocative and irresponsible remarks made by Chief of India’s Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Mohan Bhagwat, calling for “undoing” of the partition.

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According to a report by the Indian Express, the RSS chief had claimed earlier this week that “the only solution to the pain of partition lies in undoing it.”

In a statement today, Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said this was not the first time the RSS chief had publicly indulged in such delusional thinking and historical revisionism.

Those belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ideological fountainhead RSS would be well advised to refrain from making such provocative and irresponsible statements, accept the established realities and learn to follow the imperatives of peaceful coexistence, he added.

The FO spokesperson said that Pakistan had repeatedly highlighted the threat posed to the regional peace and stability by the toxic mix of the extremist Hindutva ideology and expansionist foreign policy being pursued by the ruling RSS-BJP dispensation in India.

In the internal context, this dangerous mindset aims to completely marginalize and dispossess the minorities in India, while in the external dimension; it poses an existential threat to all neighbours of India, stressed the FO spokesperson.

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Highlighting the Kashmir issue, Iftikhar said the world was a witness to the systematic usurpation of the rights of minorities, especially Muslims in India, and unabated repression of Kashmiris in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

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