Pakistan firmly criticized the “highly irresponsible” statements by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh concerning reclaiming ‘Sindhu’ – an area surrounding the Indus River in Southern Pakistan.
Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch conveyed her reproach, stating, “The comments by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, a key figure in India’s ruling party and an adherent of the Hindutva ideology, during the National Sindhi Convention in Lucknow are deeply concerning. Drawing parallels between the controversial reclamation of the ‘Ram Janmabhoomi’ and the proposed reclaiming of a region within Pakistan is alarming.”
Recollection of the Babri Mosque Incident
Baloch reminded the public of the incident wherein a Hindu nationalist crowd brazenly tore down the historic Babri Mosque on December 6, 1992. This act was committed to reclaiming the alleged birthplace of Lord Rama in Ayodhya.
Baloch emphasized that the Chief Minister’s inflammatory statements stem from the contentious concept of ‘Akhand Bharat’ (undivided India).
A Call for Unity and Peace in South Asia
She further commented, “Such remarks reveal a desire to dominate and influence the culture of neighbouring countries and the identity of India’s religious minorities. It’s disturbing to see this twisted perspective on history.”
Expressing concern, Baloch pointed out the rising propagation of such beliefs by members of the BJP-RSS alliance, aiming to bolster their sectarian and narrow political motives.
Baloch concluded by urging Indian leaders to put aside their expansionist desires, suggesting they instead focus on resolving conflicts with neighbouring nations and collaborating to establish a harmonious and thriving South Asia.