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PAKISTAN: INDIA CITIZENSHIP BILL

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Pakistan condemns Indian Citizenship Bill

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Pakistan’s foreign  Office spokesman says  the latest Indian Citizenship Bill violates all norms of international rights law.

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Shotlist:   ISLAMABAD , PAKISTAN  (DECEMBER  12, 2019)   (VNA   – ACCESS ALL)

  1. EXTERIOR OF PAKISTAN’S MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
  2. PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESMAN, MOHAMMAD FAISAL, ARRIVING FOR WEEKLY BRIEFING
  3. REPORTERS
  4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESMAN, MOHAMMAD FAISAL, SAYING:  1:34
  5. “The latest legislation by Indian Lok Sabha, and now passed by Rajya Sabha also, that offers Indian nationality to the nationals of Pakistan and two other South Asian countries, except Muslims, is premised on a falsehood and is in complete violation of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenance on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination based on Religion or Belief. The legislation is also in complete contravention of various bilateral agreements between Pakistan and India, particularly the one concerning  security and the rights of minorities in the respective countries. “
  6. REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK
  7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESMAN, MOHAMMAD FAISAL, SAYING:
  8. “The latest legislation is another major step towards the realization of the concept of (quote/ unquote) “ Hindu  Rashtra”, idolized and relentlessly pursued by the right wing Hindu leaders for several decades. It is driven by a toxic mix of an extremist Hindutva ideology and hegemonic ambitions in the region. It is also a clear manifestation of interference in the internal matters of neighboring countries based on religion which we reject completely.”
  9. PHOTOGRAPHER TAKING PICTURES
  10. FAISAL WALKING AWAY
  11. REPORTERS LEAVING
STORY:  Pakistan’s Foreign  Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Faisal, on Thursday (December 12)  strongly condemned India’s new Citizenship Bill, saying it violated all norms of human rights.

“The latest legislation by Indian Lok Sabha, and now passed by Rajya Sabha also, that offers Indian nationality to the nationals of Pakistan and two other South Asian countries, except Muslims, is premised on a falsehood and is in complete violation of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenance on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination based on Religion or Belief. The legislation is also in complete contravention of various bilateral agreements between Pakistan and India, particularly the one concerning  security and the rights of minorities in the respective countries,” Faisal told a weekly briefing in Islamabad.

The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) was passed on Monday (December 10)  in the India’s lower house amid a lot of opposition, from Opposition parties who stood against the proposed law . It was ratified by the Upper House on Wednesday (December 11)

The Bill, which was originally introduced in 2016 during the Modi government’s first term but lapsed after protests, will create a legal pathway to grant Indian nationality on the basis of religion. The Bill proposes to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who came to India from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan before 2015.

“The latest legislation is another major step towards the realization of the concept of (quote/ unquote) “ Hindu  Rashtra”, idolized and relentlessly pursued by the right wing Hindu leaders for several decades. It is driven by a toxic mix of an extremist Hindutva ideology and hegemonic ambitions in the region. It is also a clear manifestation of interference in the internal matters of neighboring countries based on religion which we reject completely,” Faisal said.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Imran Khan also condemned the new Bill, saying it would “lead to massive bloodshed and far reaching consequences for the world.”

“The world must step in before it is too late, to counter this Hindu Supremacist agenda of Modi’s India,” Khan said in a  tweet.

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