Reacting to General Bipin Rawat’s remarks that Pakistan should become a secular state like India if it wants good relations, AIP President and former MLA Er Rasheed on Friday alleged that India is facing “worst religious extremism.”
In a statement here Er Rasheed said, “While Bipin Rawat or anyone else is free to have his opinion but he must understand that Islam doesn’t allow discriminating people on the basis of religion or nationality.”
The true definition of secularism is being misinterpreted and so are anti- Muslim forces trying to prove Muslims as radicals and narrow minded, which is never the case. Let Bipin Rawat not forget that In Pakistan the religious organisations have often failed to make considerable successes in electoral politics, while in India even respecting cows more than humans does become core election issue,” Er Rasheed said.
“Similarly construction of Ram temple at the demolished Babri Masjid place is becoming the focus of upcoming elections. While Congress always used so called secular card to get votes of Dalits, Muslims and other minorities, BJP and likeminded parties used religion to exploit sentiments of majority community,” he added.
“The fact is that Muslims in India get befooled, betrayed and stabbed in the name of so called secularism and Hindus get befooled in the name of religious extremism. General Rawat should definitely do a good homework before claiming India to be a secular country or asking Pakistan to follow India’s principles of pseudo secularism,” he added.