In response to media queries on remarks made by the Pak PM, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that Pak should focus on improving the conditions of its own people rather than try and ‘divert attention’.
“The Pakistan Prime Minister’s remarks are an egregious insult to all citizens of India. Pakistan would do well to focus on its domestic challenges and improve conditions of its citizens rather than try and divert attention. The Pakistan Prime Minister’s latest attempts to play with minority sentiment in India will be rejected by the people of India,” said the MEA spokesperson.
The MEA spokesperson statement the Pak PM lacks understanding of India’s secular polity.
“Pakistan’s Prime Minister has yet again demonstrated his lack of understanding about India’s secular polity and ethos. He overlooks the obvious fact that adherents of all faiths choose to live under the democratic polity and the progressive Constitution of India,” said Kumar.
While India “has eminent leaders of all faiths who occupy its highest Constitutional and official positions”, the MEA statement said that “in contrast, Pakistani citizens of non-Islamic faith are barred from occupying high Constitutional offices”.
“The minorities are often turned away from government bodies like the Economic Advisory Council of their Prime Minister, even in ‘naya Pakistan’,” added MEA.