India today rejected the resolution adopted by Pakistan’s National Assembly on the Citizenship Amendment Act, saying it is entirely an internal affair of New Delhi.
In a statement, the External Affairs Ministry said the resolution intentionally mischaracterizes the objectives of the Act which gives citizenship to persecuted religious minorities from selected countries.
The Ministry asserted that the Act does not take away the citizenship of any Indian, irrespective of their faith. It said the resolution is a poorly disguised effort to divert attention from Pakistan’s appalling treatment and persecution of its own religious minorities.
The demographics of these minorities, whether Hindu, Christian, Sikh or other faiths, in Pakistan, speak for themselves.
The MEA said it is laughable that the National Assembly of Pakistan that has itself passed discriminatory legislation against religious minorities, should point fingers at others.
New Delhi called upon Islamabad to engage in serious self-introspection rather than to falsely accuse others of what they themselves are guilty of.
The Ministry said it is a thinly-veiled attempt by Pakistan to further its false narrative on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. It seeks to provide justification for Pakistan’s unrelenting support for cross-border terrorist activities in India, but New Delhi is confident that such attempts will fail.