Defeat in Delhi polls is backlash of BJP's Hindutva policies: Qureshi
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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Monday that India's ruling party was facing imminent defeat in New Delhi polls due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's extremist policies.
The contentious move like the new citizenship laws, which discriminates against Muslims, is the main reason the Bhartya Janata Party (BJP) is facing electoral backlash in the Delhi elections, he told a gathering of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) in Islamabad.
The foreign minister said that the Hindutva policies of premier Modi has made several countries to reevaluate their ties with India after Modi Government's questionable moves in occupied Kashmir as well as its introduction of discriminatory laws.
On the economic side, he said India's growth has halved since the BJP came back into power.
"We are worried that India may try to stage a Pulwama-like false flag operation to shift its own peoples' attention towards Pakistan, instead of the internal economic situation," Qureshi expressed the fear.
He also said that illegal Indian steps in occupied Kashmir have damaged the economic conditions in the territory and caused a loss of two billion dollars to IOK.
Four hundred thousand people are being deprived of the employment in Kashmir, he added
The foreign minister said that Indian government‘s unilateral steps taken on August 5 last year were in clear violation of United Nations resolution on Kashmir dispute.
He said that international community is well aware of what is happening in occupied Kashmir. He said he also had written several letters to the president of UN Security Council to highlight the Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir.
On Pakistan’s own economic outlook, the minister said:
“The world will take Pakistan seriously when we are financially stable.”
He said that Foreign Office will facilitate the business community through economic diplomacy to improve the national economy.
"That is why I am here today, so we can come up with ways for the foreign ministry to facilitate the finance ministry and other ministries in establishing contact with other countries and forge better relationships with them."
The foreign minister said that “everyone speaks of ethics and doing the right thing but their actions are always in line with safeguarding their own economic interests".