Malaysian PM Mahathir criticises India's citizenship law
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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday criticised a new citizenship law in India that excludes Muslim immigrants.
At a news conference following the conclusion of an Islamic summit in Kuala Lumpur, Mahathir said India is a secular state and the religions of people should not prevent them from attaining citizenship.
"To exclude Muslims from becoming citizens, even by due process, I think, is unfair," he said.
At least 14 people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters since parliament passed the law on December 11, with critics saying it discriminates against Muslims and undermines India's secular constitution.
Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his council of ministers on Saturday to discuss security measures to end violent protests against the citizenship law, government sources said, in one of biggest crises yet for his Hindu nationalist government.
The backlash is the strongest show of dissent against Modi's government since he was first elected in 2014.
Demonstrations continued on Saturday despite curfews and a draconian regulation to shut down protests.
India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, has seen the worst violence with nine people killed so far and several more in critical conditions in hospital.
Rights activists in Uttar Pradesh said police had raided their houses and offices to prevent them from planning fresh demonstrations. Authorities also shut schools across the state as fresh protests erupted on Saturday.
Uttar Pradesh is ruled by Modi's nationalist party and has long seen clashes between majority Hindus and minority Muslims.
In the capital city of Delhi, family members waited outside a police station seeking the release of dozens of detained protesters.
More demonstrations are planned in several parts of the country, including in the northeastern state of Assam, where residents are angry that the law makes it easier for non-Muslim migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who settled in India prior to 2015 to obtain Indian citizenship.
YOU RIGHT WING HINDU IDIOTS IN INDIAN GOVT PLAYING WITH YOUR FAITH RULES MUST LISTEN TO THIS
the key is "due process "
.. and read this today's news from Land of pure Academic Junaid Hafeez sentenced to death on blasphemy charges by Multan court
And Junaid Hafeez a Muslim is best citizen for any country will love to have it..
Hafeez bid farewell to studying medicine at the King Edward Medical College after his first year of MBBS and entered BZU to pursue a degree in English literature.
At the BZU, he stood first, shattering a 38-year-old record by scoring a 3.99 GPA in BA Honours.
Junaid was one of five Pakistani students selected under the Fulbright Scholarship Programme to complete their Masters from the United States.