FO slams Modi govt’s plan to mark Aug 14 as ‘Partition Horror Remembrance Day’
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Strongly condemning the government of India’s decision to observe 14th of August, Pakistan’s Independence Day, as Partition Horror Remembrance Day, the Foreign Office (FO) said on Thursday that by doing this Narendra Modi-led BJP government was denying the role of Hindu extremists in the partition, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
In its statement, the FO said that unfortunately BJP’s agenda was to create divisions. “And through this agenda, the party is trying to distort history,” it said in its reaction.
In a statement issued in Islamabad, the Foreign Office said “It is deplorable that the BJP government, as part of its divisive political agenda, is wantonly attempting to play with the sentiments of the people through distorted interpretation of history.”
The FO said, “True to its characteristic revisionist agenda, the BJP-RSS led dispensation has again sought to hypocritically and one-sidedly invoke the tragic events and mass migration that occurred in the wake of Independence in 1947.”
The statement stressed that if the Indian leaders genuinely cared about agony, suffering, and pain, they must work to improve the conditions of the Muslims and other minorities in India.
The FO said the last seven decades had been replete with undeniable proof that India’s espousal of secularism was a sham.
“The fact is that today’s India is an undeclared ‘Hindu Rashtra’ that has no place or tolerance for other religious minorities, especially Muslims who are faced with discrimination, persecution and political and socio-economic exclusion,” it said.
It said, “The government of India is advised to desist from politicizing the events related to Independence and instead sincerely honour the memories of all those who sacrificed for a better future for all”.
Reporter: Muhsinul Mulk