In exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Imran Khan spoke on a range of global and domestic issues
ISLAMABAD (AA) — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned the international community that India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was preparing to repeat the Myanmar style genocide and exclusion of its minority population.
He said that as many as 500 million people will be excluded from the citizenship list under India’s new controversial citizenship law, which is followed by updating the exercise of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, Khan spoke in details on an array of issues including situation in the Middle East, Afghanistan, relations with Turkey, domestic issues, country’s economy, climate changes, relations with neighboring India and its actions in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir.
“This is exactly what happened in Myanmar when they first started the registration act and that’s how they excluded the Muslims and then the genocide took place. I am afraid this is where it is heading in India,” Khan said
In a freewheeling interview that lasted more than 40 minutes at the vast drawing-room of the Prime Minister’s House, adjacent to his office compound, Khan spoke about the beauty of Turkey and recalled his stay along with his two sons in Istanbul before he took over the office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan. He expressed the desire to involve Turkey in the multi-billion dollar projects to enhance connectivity.
With a picture of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah hanging in the background, Khan gave his first interview to the Turkish global news agency. He warmly received the Anadolu Agency team and responded to all questions in presence of his Special Assistant for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan.
Responding to a question regarding the possibility of any influx of immigration toward Pakistan and Bangladesh from India in the wake of current developments, Khan said.
Bangladesh has already refused to take anyone, who has been excluded from the citizenship list in the northeastern Indian state of Assam.
“I think Bangladesh is already worried because in Assam they deregistered almost 2 million people. I do not know the exact number but what will happen to these people?” Khan asked.
The war between US, Iran averted
Talking about the recent tension between US and Iran, Khan said tension still existed. But expressed satisfaction that war was averted in the region following diplomatic efforts.
“We feel, we played our apart and brought down tensions. But of course, you know, there has to be some permanent solution,” he said.
The Pakistani prime minister also rejected the criticism of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and brushed aside apprehensions about China’s debt. “So, this thing is quite unfounded that Pakistan is getting into a debt trap of China,” Khan clarified.
While lamenting at the conflicts ragging the Islamic World, he said Pakistan’s utmost urgency will be to douse fires and bring parties to conciliation, so that countries can focus on developing their infrastructure.
He hoped that during the scheduled visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the middle of February, he was expecting to enhance trading partnership.
There are various areas where Turkey can help Pakistan for instance in mining. Pakistan is a country which is full of minerals, but we have not excavated explored minerals like gold and copper We want certain areas where we want technology. So, it will be quite a comprehensive visit,” he said.
The Pakistani prime minister recalled that in 1920 people particularly Muslims in the Indian sub-continent had helped Turkey in its difficult times. He proposed to celebrate the 100th year of this generosity and relations between Turkey and Muslims of the subcontinent in 2020.