Pakistan should be the ‘last country to lecture on minorities, says Mohammad Kaif

Written by Abhishek Patil

Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif on Tuesday hit out at Imran Khan, three days after the Pakistani Prime Minister said he would “show” the Narendra Modi government “how to treat minorities”. While addressing an event in Lahore, Khan had on Saturday asserted that his government would ensure that the minorities feel protected, safe, and enjoy equal rights in ‘New Pakistan’.

“We will show the Modi government how to treat minorities…Even in India, people are saying that minorities are not being treated as equal citizens,” he had said. The Pakistani PM’s statement was in an apparent reference to actor Naseeruddin Shah’s remarks on the rising mob violence in India.

Taking to Twitter, Mohammad Kaif said: “There were around 20% minorities at the time of Partition in Pakistan, less than 2% remain now. On the other hand, the minority population has grown significantly in India since Independence. Pakistan is the last country that should be lecturing any country on how to treat minorities.”

The trigger to this recent controversy was Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah’s comment expressing fear and angst over violence in India over cow vigilantism and allegedly rising religious intolerance in the country.

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