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'Deeply Concerned' at 'Rise in Violence' Against Muslims in India, Says Pakistan

Pakistan's statement comes a day after a similar one was issued by the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation, of which it is a member.

New Delhi: Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, April 5, said it was “deeply concerned at the alarming rise in violence against Muslims in today’s India”, referring to instances of communal violence during Ram Navami processions in various Indian states.

“A number of mosques and other Muslim-owned buildings were attacked. A seminary was burned down in Nalanda district of Bihar, resulting, inter alia, in burning of around 4500 books, including Holy the Quran,” the statement said.

“The terrifying rise in Islamophobic and hateful acts against Muslims in India is a consequence of the pursuit of a majoritarian Hindutva agenda and anti-Islam and anti-Muslim rhetoric rife in Indian politics,” it continued.

The ministry said India should take “firm action” against the extremists for fomenting communal violence and hatred against Muslims.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has not yet reacted to the statement.

Pakistan’s statement comes a day after a similar one was issued by the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), of which it is a member. Condemning this statement, the MEA spokesperson said, “This is one more example of their communal mindset and anti-India agenda. OIC only does its reputation damage by being consistently manipulated by anti-India forces.”