India's expansionist policies now threatening neighbours: PM Imran

Premier compares current Indian policies to the Nazi concept of 'Lebensraum'

​ Our Correspondent May 27, 2020
A file image of PM Imran Khan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that India's expansionist policies in the region, led by the ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Narendra Modi, are becoming a threat to New Delhi's neighbours.

Tensions have flared up recently between Chinese and Indian troops in Ladakh's Galwan Valley region. Both sides now reportedly have thousands of troops stationed on either side of the ceasefire line, leading observers to draw comparisons with the 2017 standoff between India and China in Doklam.

The trigger this time, however, appears to India’s own actions in the disputed area. Former Indian military officials and diplomats told Reuters that New Delhi’s construction of roads and airstrips in Ladakh were the most likely reason for drawing Beijing’s ire.

The premier compared the current Indian policies to the Nazi concept of 'Lebensraum', which comprised policies and practices of settler colonialism.

Detailing the threat of Indian policies, the prime minister said New Delhi has border disputes with China and Nepal, tension over the Citizenship Act with Bangladesh and a threat of false flag operations against Pakistan.

PM Imran further said that India has carried out such actions after the illegal annexation of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoJK), which is a "war crime under 4th Geneva Convention" and illegally claiming Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).

"I have always maintained the fascist Modi Govt is not only a threat to India's minorities by relegating them to 2nd class citizens' status, but also threat to regional peace," said the prime minister in a tweet.

Earlier, the prime minister termed Indian allegations of infiltration from Pakistan’s side of the Line of Control (LoC) baseless and said it is a “continuation of a dangerous agenda”.

He had also reminded the international community of its responsibility to act against the war crimes and genocide being perpetrated against the Kashmiri people in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

The prime minister had said the right-wing Indian government, under the cover of the pandemic, has continued its Hindutva supremacist agenda, driven by the fascist RSS ideology.


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