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Pakistan Prime Minister Compares India Prime Minister To Nazis, Hitler

Imran Khan, Pakistan's prime minister, speaks during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, July 22, 2019.
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It’s no longer just Democrats in America who compare their adversaries to Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.

 

Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, took to Twitter early Sunday morning to compare India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, and his policies to those of Hitler and the Nazis.

“The curfew, crackdown & impending genocide of Kashmiris in [India-occupied Kashmir] is unfolding exactly acc to RSS ideology inspired by Nazi ideology,” Khan tweeted, referring to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh right-wing political organization. “Attempt is to change demography of Kashmir through ethnic cleansing. Question is: Will the world watch & appease as they did Hitler at Munich?”

Khan then tweeted a follow up: “I am afraid this RSS ideology of Hindu Supremacy, like the Nazi Aryan Supremacy, will not stop in IOK; instead it will lead to suppression of Muslims in India & eventually lead to targeting of Pakistan. The Hindu Supremacists version of Hitler’s Lebensraum.”

CNN reported Monday on the situation in Kashmir:

 

Indian-controlled Kashmir, one of the world's most sensitive regions, remains in lockdown amid a communications blackout, with landline connections, internet and mobile coverage all suspended. Tens of thousands of additional Indian troops have also been deployed into the already heavily militarized region to head off unrest after the government in New Delhi moved to scrap the region's special status.

Politicians have reportedly been detained, journalists restricted in their reporting and human rights groups have warned of potential abuses due to the lack of international oversight enabled by the communications blackout.

The region previously had autonomy, but that was revoked earlier this month.

Khan’s office told CNN that he has been contacting world leader’s in an attempt to return Jammu and Kashmir’s autonomy. His foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, told the outlet he would press the issue at the United Nations Security Council.

 

But Modi had promised to remove the region’s special status while running for election, which he won. He claimed that changing the status of the region would help stop “separatism, terrorism, dynastic politics and corruption” in the region.

“As a nation, we have taken a historic decision," Modi said previously, according to CNN. "Due to the past system, the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were deprived of many rights, which was a major obstacle in their development. That is now over."

In July, President Donald Trump promised Khan he would help resolve the issues between Pakistan and India.

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