On 20 March, members of the minority Hindu community walked out of the Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa state assembly when Sher Azam Wazir, a lawmaker from the Pakistan People’s Party, called Hindus their [Pakistan’s] enemy, the Press Trust of India has reported.
Wazir later doubled down and said that he meant ‘Hindustan’ [India] and not Hindus. His comments have since been expunged from the assembly proceedings.
Wazir’s recent comments are in line with the anti-Hindu rhetoric that is an essential part of the Pakistani national discourse, about which Swarajya has reported.
In which India is referred to as a ‘Hindu India’ and its Hindu residents are often subjected to derogatory slurs.
In speeches and parliamentary discussions, Hindus are derogatorily called “cow urine drinkers” and “idol-worshippers” along with open calls for “ghazwa-e-Hind”.
It is also interesting to note that Sher Azam Wazir belongs to PPP which is currently in opposition in Pakistan and is headed by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (son of the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and president Asif Ali Zardari), who has lately made headlines for mocking Prime Minister Imran Khan and has gone on to call him a ‘puppet’.
This goes on to show how anti-Hindu rhetoric is a way of life across the aisle in Pakistan where both the government and the opposition are united in peddling hate against a Hindu India.
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