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Pakistan condemns illegal sealing of educational institute in IIOJK

Terms incident ‘a new low’ in the BJP-led Indian government after Karnataka Hijab ban row
Updated 14 Mar, 2022 12:49pm
According to the Foreign Office statement issued on Sunday, the Indian occupation forces gate-crashed Darul Uloom on Friday, “insulted and maltreated” the female students and “forcefully evicted” them before sealing the educational institution. File
According to the Foreign Office statement issued on Sunday, the Indian occupation forces gate-crashed Darul Uloom on Friday, “insulted and maltreated” the female students and “forcefully evicted” them before sealing the educational institution. File

Pakistan has condemned the reported shutting down of Darul Uloom Khadija tul Kubra, an educational institute in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, as the country reiterated its demand of taking cognisance of the BJP-RSS’s agenda in the held territory.

According to the Foreign Office statement issued on Sunday, the Indian occupation forces gate-crashed Darul Uloom on Friday, “insulted and maltreated” the female students and “forcefully evicted” them before sealing the educational institution.

The incident follows the Hijab ban row in India’s Karanata, where the state authorities had put a ban on schoolgirls wearing the hijab. The decision had prompted a sharp response from the 13% Muslim minorities in the country of 1.35 billion people and protests in the South Indian state. Videos of girls protesting at the entrance gate of the schools had gone viral on social.

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Moreover, it also showed the other side of India when pictures and videos went viral of non-Muslim girls holding hands of Hijab wearing girls entering the schools. In addition to that, an Indian hijab-clad Muslim student, who was identified as Muskan Khan, had taken the internet by storm after a video of her courageously standing ground to a large group of saffron scarves wearing men went viral on social media on February 8.

“This illegal act is a fresh reflection of how the Indian occupation forces are trampling on and making a mockery of the fundamental rights of Kashmiri girls seeking education. It also points towards growing Islamophobia, a phenomenon which is on the surge not only in IIOJK but also in India,” it read.

The Foreign Office was of the view that denying Muslim girls access to education, may that be in the occupied territory or in Karnataka, was a “new low” under a far-right Hindutva-inspired regime in India.

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“Deafening silence of the BJP leadership and absence of discernible action against ‘Hindutva’ proponents must send alarm bells across the international community about the gross and systematic human rights violations being perpetrated by India,” it added.

Pakistan called on the international community to take note of the BJP-RSS’s agenda to "socially and politically disempower" Kashmiris in IIOJK, especially Muslim youth.

Moreover, it also called upon the international community, including the United Nations and OIC, especially their human rights machinery, to take immediate notice of the “worrying level” of Islamophobia in India. It urged the world bodies to prevail upon Indian authorities to prevent systematic human rights violations against minorities particularly Muslims in the country.

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