“Centre must address the violation of the 1950 Liaquat-Nehru pact”

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh charged here on Sunday that Hindu minorities were being “forced to flee” Bangladesh and Pakistan following “persecution,” and sought the Centre’s intervention to end their distress.

“The plight of women in India and the influx of Muslims” were two other serious issues that called for the government’s intervention, said RSS Sarkayawah (general secretary) Suresh Joshi.

He was addressing journalists on the final day of the Sangh’s Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) meet here.The ABPS is the RSS’ highest decision-making body and the Sangh’s top office-bearers attended the three-day meet at Jamdoli, near here.

“The ABPS condemns the recent attacks on Hindus, including Buddhists, in Bangladesh by fundamentalist groups like the anti-Hindu and anti-Bharat Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami,” Mr. Joshi said.

“It is the responsibility of the Government of India to take up with Pakistan and Bangladesh the issue of violation of the Liaquat-Nehru 1950 pact, which expressly states that minorities on both sides would be accorded full protection and citizenship rights.”

He said the disappearance of millions of Hindus could not be brushed aside simply by “invoking the sovereignty principle.”

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