India gives a frustrating reaction over Pakistani PM Imran Khan statement

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India gives a frustrating reaction over Pakistani PM Imran Khan statement

NEW DELHI -India gives a frustrating reaction over Pakistani PM Imran Khan statement on Citizen Amendment Bill 2019.

India on Thursday hit back at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan link slamming the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, saying such "unwarranted" criticism cannot absolve Islamabad of the "blatant persecution" of religious minorities in the neighbouring country.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the persecution of the religious minorities in Pakistan flows from the country's Constitution and its "draconian" blasphemy laws.

On Tuesday, Khan said that the bill "violates all norms of international human rights law and bilateral agreements with Pakistan" and that "it is part of the RSS Hindu Rashtra design of expansionism."

"I am not going to respond to every unwarranted and gratuitous comments made by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan link our internal affairs," Kumar said.

"Such comments cannot absolve Pakistan of the blatant persecution of the religious minorities which flows, including from the discrimination imbibed in its Constitution, the draconian blasphemy laws and the apathy of state institutions in protecting girls belonging to minority community from rape, abduction, forced conversion and marriages," Kumar said.