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Pakistani Premier Compares India to Nazi Germany While at Davos

The Pakistani politician expressed concerns about a recent new law in India that makes immigration easier for non-Muslim immigrants from neighbouring Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives for the Global Refugee Forum at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 17, 2019
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India is sliding towards a dictatorship, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned on Wednesday.

The Indian government of Narendra Modi was reminiscent of Germany's development between 1933 and 1945 from a liberal democracy to a fascist state, Khan said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum summit in the Swiss town of Davos.

"If I was an Indian, I would be scared exactly [like] what was happening in Nazi Germany," when intellectuals, journalists and ordinary people were targeted, Khan added.

The Pakistani politician expressed concerns about a recent new law in India that makes immigration easier for non-Muslim immigrants from neighbouring Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

India's 1.3 billion inhabitants include around 200 million Muslims. The population in the rival south Asian power Pakistan is mostly Muslim.

Khan said that he had brought up the issue in his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Davos.

India's policies that favour the majority Hindu community are reminiscent of Hitler's racial policies, Khan said.

The domestic tensions that the law has caused within India had also heightened the risk of a military confrontation with Pakistan, Khan warned.

Since the bill was passed in December, violent protests have erupted among the Muslim minority and students in India.

Although Modi might try to detract from this issue with a war, an actual conflict between the two nuclear powers is unthinkable, Khan stated.