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Mehbooba Mufti was even more vocal in raising the concern over rising hate against Indian Muslims

Thursday March 7, 2019 2:54 PM, ummid.com News Network

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Srinagar: Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, both former chief ministers of Jammu & Kashmir, invoked sacking of a Pakistani minister over his abusive remarks against the Hindu community to raise concern over rampant hate against Muslims in India.

"In Pakistan a state minister is sacked for his remarks against Hindus. In India a state Governor isn’t even reprimanded for his public call to boycott and ostracise all Kashmiri Muslims.

"We like to compare ourselves to Pakistan so compare this fact as well", Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter soon after Fayyazul Hassan Chohan, Information and Culture Minister in Punjab, Pakistan was removed after a video of his abusive remarks went viral on internet.

Chohan had tendered apologies for his remarks. Yet, he was sacked from his post. Announcing Chohan's removal as minister, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), in a tweet, said that "bashing someone’s faith should not be a part of any narrative."

Omar Abdullah, National Conference leader, was referring to Tathagata Roy, a known RSS member holding a constitutional post of Governor of Meghalaya, who had called for a boycott of "everything Kashmiri" after the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, 2019.

Mehbooba Mufti, PDP Chairperson, was even more vocal in raising the concern over rising hate against Indian Muslims ever since the BJP came to power in Delhi.

"His comments were repugnant. But at least he got sacked. Here ministers garland lynchers and the more anti - Muslim and communal you are, the higher your rise will be in terms of status and power", she wrote on the micro blogging social media site.

The comments by Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti coincided with the concerns raised by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet who said that India’s “divisive policies” were marginalising minority communities.

In her annual report to the Geneva-based international organisation, Bachelet said that such policies could undermine India’s economic growth.

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