‘In­dia & Pak should have con­struc­tive con­ver­sa­tion’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Na­tion -

Iwould like to see the same level of con­cern ex­pressed also about Mus­lims who are be­ing de­tained in West­ern China, lit­er­ally in con­cen­tra­tion-like con­di­tions,” Wells said when asked about Im­ran Khan’s cat­a­clysmic re­marks on Kash­mir.

The Pak­istan PM has been mak­ing a big to-do in New York on the side­lines of the an­nual UN meet over not just the sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir, but also the fate of Mus­lims all across In­dia, in­vok­ing sce­nar­ios of mas­sacres, geno­cide, and nu­clear war in the sub­con­ti­nent al­most as if he wishes it. He also pledged to fight Is­lam­o­pho­bia af­ter a meet­ing on “Coun­ter­ing hate speech,” an­nounc­ing that Pak­istan, Malaysia, and Turkey would start an English tele­vi­sion chan­nel to con­front prej­u­dice against Is­lam.

But in other pub­lic meets, Khan has shirked from dis­cussing China’s treat­ment of Mus­lims, which in­cludes in­car­cer­a­tion and “re­train­ing” to scrub Is­lamic val­ues, plead­ing that he has too many other things on his plate and Is­lam­abad prefers to en­gage Bei­jing in pri­vate on such mat­ters.

Still, Wells said Wash­ing­ton would like to see In­dia and Pak­istan have a con­struc­tive con­ver­sa­tion lead­ing to bet­ter re­la­tions, although that would de­pend on Pak­istan crack­ing down on ter­ror­ism.

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