Granting citizenship on basis of religion appalling, disgusting in equal measure: Mehbooba

Srinagar: PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti on Friday hit out at the Government of India over the controversial Citizenship (amendment) bill saying that granting citizenship on the basis of religion is appalling and disgusting in equal measure.

Ina tweet, Mehbooba said:

In another tweet, Mehbooba said that Pakistan was created on the basis of two-nation theory however they too have changed their attitude towards minorities.

Recently, a senior Minister of Assam has said that if the Citizen (Amendment) Bill 2016 is not passed, it will be a surrender to the ‘philosophy of Jinnah’.

When a reporter asked if he meant Muslims by “Jinnah”, he replied that he had said “Jinnah” and not named any community.

Sarma also added that the purpose of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was to “detect Jinnahs”.

In the north-eastern state of Assam, India has published a list which strips four million people of their citizenship. It says the process is to root out hordes of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

The list, named as the National Register of Citizens (NRC), is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, when Bangladesh was created.

The list has sparked fears of targeted hunting towards ethnic minorities in Assam. However, officials have said that no one will face immediate deportation and that the option of an appeal will be available to all.

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