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Khawaja Asif says Modi government hampering Pakistan-India ties

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ISTANBUL: Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif remarked that the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hampering the relations between Pakistan and India.

“We would like to have a good relationship with the Indians, but I don’t think there is a chance of any improvement for relationship with the present religious extremist government in Delhi,” he said while speaking to Imran Garda on The Newsmakers, a current affairs programme of TRT World.

When asked if Modis’ government is religious extremist, Khawaja Asif remarked: “Modi’s government what they did in Gujarat when Modi was the chief minister he killed, he massacred over 2,000 Muslims over there. He’s massacring Muslims in Kashmir also. So there is actually a genocide and ethnic cleansing of Muslims going on.”

Khawaja Asif also alleged that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in India is “a religious extremist movement.”

Khawaja Asif was also asked about Indian claims that Pakistan is ‘obsessed’ with it. Responding to this, Asif said that it is not an obsession. “India is a danger to our security, we must be vigilant. This is the bedrock of our policy.”

The foreign minister Khawaja Asif while explaining the country’s foreign policy said: “We are trying to disengage ourselves from the role we played in two to three decades and have a more regionally oriented policy.”

He added, “Our national interest is our primary concern. We will weave our foreign policy around our own national interests.”

On the role of Pakistan Army in the country, Asif explained that the institution of the army is actively involved in defending the country and determining Pakistan’s priorities.

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