The Indian government views Pakistan’s efforts to raise the Kashmir issue at the virtual Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit on the Covid-19 pandemic as “propaganda exercise”, people familiar with developments said on Tuesday.
Pakistani President Arif Alvi, who represented the country at the NAM Summit through a video conference on Monday, used the opportunity to criticize India for its handling of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and for alleged persecution of Muslim minorities.
Responding to Alvi’s speech at the NAM Summit, one of the people mentioned above said on condition of anonymity: “Raising Kashmir in NAM is Pakistan’s established propaganda exercise. The international community is well aware of this and acknowledges that this is a propaganda exercise they went through. “
The person added, “The international community is also very aware of our position on this issue and I don’t think we need to really appreciate this with any response.”
In his speech, Alvi did not mention India’s name but referred to an attempt to discriminate and vilify Muslims in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking before Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he also referred to Islamophobia, hate speech, “scapegoating” a community and the refusal of medical facilities to this community in Pakistan’s “closest environment”.
Alvi, a close aide to Prime Minister Imran Khan, also highlighted the condition of the people of Kashmir and said their suffering was exacerbated by communication blackouts and lack of unlimited access to medical facilities and other important facilities and high-speed internet. He also criticized what he said as an effort to change the demographic profile of the region.
In his address, Modi, without naming any country, said: “Even when the world fought with Covid-19, some people were busy spreading other deadly viruses such as terrorism, fake news, and videos recorded to divide communities and countries.”
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