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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday slammed Indian government over spreading Islamophobia in the name of COVID-19 policy, adding that India’s deliberate targeting of Muslims to divert backlash is next to what Nazis did to Jews in Germany.
In a tweet, the premier said that the situation in India has left thousands stranded and hungry, which is a further proof of the racist Hindutva supremacist ideology of Modi government.
The deliberate & violent targeting of Muslims in India by Modi Govt to divert the backlash over its COVID19 policy, which has left thousands stranded & hungry, is akin to what Nazis did to Jews in Gerrmany. Yet more proof of the racist Hindutva Supremacist ideology of Modi Govt.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 19, 2020
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) human rights body dubbed India’s demeanor as “unrelenting vicious Islamophobic campaign in India maligning Muslims for spread of COVID-19”.
The OIC’s Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), in a statement, also criticized the “negative profiling [of Muslims in India] in media subjecting them to discrimination & violence with impunity”.
The international body urged Modi’s government to “take urgent steps to stop the growing tide of Islamophobia in India [and to] protect the rights of its persecuted Muslim minority as per its obligations.”
Earlier this week, the New York Times had published a report claiming that the coronavirus outbreak in India had given rise to a series of attacks against Muslims across the country as the health ministry of Modi’s Hindu nationalist government had accused Muslims to be behind this outbreak.
The report had stated, “Young Muslim men who were passing out food to the poor were assaulted with cricket bats. Other Muslims have been beaten up, nearly lynched, run out of their neighborhoods or attacked in mosques, branded as virus spreaders.”