Pakistan rejects RSS chief’s ‘provocative, irresponsible’ remarks

News Desk
Sunday, Nov 28, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday strongly condemned the “highly provocative and irresponsible” remarks made by the leader of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) party who called for the “undoing” of Partition.

In a statement the Foreign Office said: “Pakistan completely rejects and strongly condemns the highly provocative and irresponsible remarks made by Mohan Bhagwat, chief of India’s Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), calling for ‘undoing’ of the partition. This is not the first time that the RSS chief has publicly indulged in such delusional thinking and historical revisionism.”

It said Pakistan has repeatedly highlighted the threat posed to regional peace and stability by the “toxic mix of the extremist ‘Hindutva’ ideology (Hindu Rashtra) and expansionist foreign policy (Akhand Bharat) being pursued by the ruling RSS-BJP dispensation in India”.

It added that in the internal context, this “dangerous mindset” aims to completely marginalise and dispossess the minorities in India. In the external dimension, it poses an “existential threat to all of India’s neighbours in South Asia”.

The world is witness to the “systematic usurpation” of the rights of minorities, especially Muslims, in India, the statement said, and the unabated repression of Kashmiris in IIOJK. “The reckless misadventures of India, including in February 2019, that seriously imperilled regional peace and stability are also in front of the world,” it added. Pakistan has consistently opposed India’s hegemonic impulses and demonstrated a firm resolve to thwart any aggressive designs, the Foreign Office said. “While committed to peace, the people and armed forces of Pakistan are fully capable of defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country,” it added. “Those belonging to the BJP and its ideological fountainhead RSS would be well-advised to refrain from making such provocative and irresponsible statements, accept the established realities, and learn to follow the imperatives of peaceful coexistence,” the statement said.