New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the Citizenship Amendment Bill is “in national interest” and meant for those oppressed in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Singh said: “The Bill is in the national interest. In Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, there was religious oppression due to which people took refuge in India. Now, the Bill seeks to give them citizenship”.
He further added that followers of Islam in these countries “cannot be persecuted”, clarifying on why Muslims are left out of the Bill.
The Defence Minister said it is widely known that minorities who chose to make Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan their home had to constantly live in the fear of extinction.