Trivializing a serious attack on minorities, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Wednesday made the blasphemy attack on a Hindu in Pakistan's Ghotki all about himself. In a video of a press conference given by the Prime Minister shows him alleging that the Ghotki attack was an attempt to sabotage his speech at UN General assembly. Though he condemns the attack, he curiously states 'whoever did the attack' knew when he was going to be at the UNGA. He further alleged that during Pakistan's struggle for Kashmir, such attacks would only make India blame them.
"The incident I have seen in Ghotki village, whoever did it, I condemn the attack on our Hindu community strongly. This was done to sabotage my appearance at the UN. Our constitution treats everyone equally. So, whoever is doing this is against our religion and Constitution. Now when we are fighting for Kashmir, India will now see this attack and say such attacks happen within Pakistan also," he says in the tweet posted by a Pakistani user.
Ghotkti attack on Hindu community was to sabotage Imran Khan's UN speech. He says "jis ne kya hai", an open secret kis ne kya hai. Brags about "my speech will be nothing like anyone has ever seen”. pic.twitter.com/8gySocU4JE— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) September 18, 2019
Previously, on Sunday, riots broke out in Pakistan's Sindh province after a school principal from the minority Hindu community was booked on charges of alleged blasphemy, according to PTI. Widespread protests erupted in Ghotki district after an FIR was filed against the principal of Sindh Public School on the complaint of Abdul Aziz Rajput, a student's father who claimed that the teacher had committed blasphemy. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan shared a video of protesters breaking the infrastructure of the school and expressed concern over the situation. Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Ramesh Kumar Vankwani said the principal was at an undisclosed location for safety reasons and will be handed over to Hyderabad Deputy Inspector General Naeem Shaikh who will further investigate the matter.
A Hindu principal of Sindh Public School has been booked under 295-C for alleged blasphemy on the complaint of a student's father in Ghotki. Riots broke out with the temple vandalised and nearby Hindu properties damaged. pic.twitter.com/YpieuBqCPs— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) September 15, 2019
On the other hand, Imran Khan has repeatedly meddled into the Kashmir issue since the Indian Parliament abrogated article 370. He has repeatedly fearmongered and peddled fake news on Kashmir's ground situation. He has also faced defeat on an international scale after he called for global mediation into the bilateral issue. After facing defeat at the UNHRC, UN informal meeting, European Parliament, G7 Summit, Khan is determined to bring up Kashmir at the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting. India has all the while maintained its stance that the abrogation of article 370 is an internal matter while any other disputes regarding Kashmir will be solved bilaterally.