Pakistan PM Imran Khan Wades Into Naseeruddin Shah Row: 'Will Show Modi Government How to Treat Minorities'
File image of Pakistan PM Imran Khan (Photo Credit: IANS)

Islamabad, December 22: Wading into the controversy stoked in India through the comments of veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah - who expressed concern over the safety of his children in "today's India" - Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said the government in Islamabad would show their counterpart in New Delhi how minorities should be treated.

Condemning Indian PM Narendra Modi for "failing" to take steps to provide a secure environment for the marginalised sections of the population, Khan said the treatment meted out towards Indian Muslims "validate the fears of Muhammad Ali Jinnah". Naseeruddin Shah's Ajmer Event Called Off After Protests by Right-Wing Outfits Over His 'Fear For Kids in India' Remark.

Addressing an event to highlight the 100-day achievements of the Punjab government in Lahore, Khan asserted that his government is taking steps to ensure that religious minorities in Pakistan get their due rights, which was also a vision of the country’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Khan said his government will make it sure that the minorities feel safe, protected and have equal rights in ‘New Pakistan’. “We will show the Modi government how to treat minorities... Even in India, people are saying that minorities are not being treated as equal citizens,” he said referring to Shah’s statement.

In a video interview with Karwan-e-Mohabbat India, the veteran actor said the death of a cow was being given importance over killing of a policeman in India. He said the “poison has already spread” and it will be now difficult to contain it.

“It will be very difficult to capture this djinn back into the bottle again. There is complete impunity for those who take law into their own hands...I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, ‘Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?’ they will have no answer. It worries me that I don’t see the situation improving anytime soon,” Shah added.

The Pakistani premier said if justice is not given to the weak then it will only lead to uprising. Giving an example, he said, “The people of East Pakistan were not given their rights which was the main reason behind the creation of Bangladesh.”

On December 3, inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a student, Sumit Kumar, were killed in mob violence in Bulandshahr after cow carcasses were found strewn around. The main accused in the case is a local Bajrang Dal leader, Yogesh Raj.

(With PTI inputs)