Pakistan has strongly condemned and rejected the “highly provocative” and “irresponsible remarks” made by Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat. In a statement issued today, the Foreign Office said that this is not the first time that the RSS chief has publicly indulged in such “delusional thinking and historical revisionism”.

Bhagat has called for the undoing of the Partition, terming it as the “the only solution to the pain of Partition.” “India’s suffering at the time of Partition should not be forgotten. It will go away when the Partition of India is undone,” he said while addressing a book launch ceremony.

“Pakistan has repeatedly highlighted the threat posed to regional peace and stability by the toxic mix of the extremist ‘Hindutva’ ideology (Hindu Rashtra) and expansionist foreign policy (Akhand Bharat) being pursued by the ruling RSS-BJP dispensation in India,” the statement issued by Pakistani foreign office added.

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The statement further said: “The world is witness to the systematic usurpation of the rights of minorities, especially Muslims, in India and the unabated repression of Kashmiris in IIOJK. The reckless misadventures of India, including in February 2019, that seriously imperiled regional peace and stability are also in front of the world.”

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“Pakistan has consistently opposed India’s hegemonic impulses and demonstrated a firm resolve to thwart any aggressive designs. While committed to peace, the people and armed forces of Pakistan are fully capable of defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.”

“Those belonging to the BJP and its ideological fountainhead RSS would be well- advised to refrain from making such provocative and irresponsible statements, accept the established realities, and learn to follow the imperatives of peaceful coexistence.”