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Anyone who addresses minorities in Pakistan would be treated strictly: Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan warned on Wednesday that anyone who addresses minorities in the country will be treated strictly, as he condemned the ongoing violence in India.

At least 20 people have been killed since Sunday for violence in northeastern Delhi, triggered after clashes between pro and anti-protesters by the Citizens Amendment Act (CAA).

“I want to warn our people that anyone in Pakistan who addresses our non-Muslim citizens or their places of worship will be treated strictly. Our minorities are equal citizens of this country,” he said.

Khan also condemned the violence in India and said the world community “must act” now.

“Now 200 million Muslims in India are under attack. The world community must act now,” he tweeted.

“Every time a racist ideology based on hate takes over, it leads to bloodshed,” he said.

Khan also referred to his speech to the UN General Assembly last year in which he warned the international community not to ignore the situation in Kashmir after the repeal of article 370 last August.

India defended its movement over Kashmir in August, saying that special status provisions only resulted in terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan has been trying to internationalize the Kashmir problem, but India has claimed that repealing article 370 was its “internal matter.” New Delhi has also asked Islamabad to accept reality and stop its anti-Indian rhetoric.

The Indian parliament had approved the CAA last year, which resulted in a series of protests across the country.

According to the CAA, members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parish and Christian communities who came from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014 after religious persecution there will obtain Indian citizenship.

The Indian government has emphasized that the new law will not deny citizenship rights, but has been presented to protect oppressed minorities in neighboring countries and give them citizenship.

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