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India eschews ‘mosque’, ‘Muslims’ words in its condemnation of NZ attack

BEIJING: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday rebuked India’s condemnation of a racial terror attack against Muslims at two Christchurch mosques during Friday prayers last week.

The foreign minister, while speaking to Pakistani journalists during a three-day trip to Beijing, highlighted that New Delhi “did not have the courage” to use the words ‘Muslim’ or ‘mosque’ in its condemnation of the terror attack  in which as many as 50 Muslims lost their lives when a “right-wing extremist” rampaged through two mosques.

“If, God forbid, there had been an attack on a Hindu temple, Pakistan would have stood with India,” he emphatically remarked.

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Shedding light on his visit to China, Qureshi said “Pakistan has complete faith in China. This trust has been bolstered by the role that China played in the recent [Pak-India] crisis.”

The Pakistani minister also thanked China for its contribution in easing the tension between Pakistan and India through diplomacy.

On March 18, Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had reached China to attend First Pakistan-China Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue to hold comprehensive discussions on the entire range of bilateral relations including the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).




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