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Will 'show Modi govt how to treat minorities', says Imran Khan

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

on Saturday said he will "show" the government "how to treat minorities", amidst a controversy over Naseeruddin Shah's remarks on mob violence in

Shah finds himself at the centre of a major controversy over his remarks on the spate of mob lynching cases in following the killing of a in Uttar Pradesh's district earlier this month.

Addressing an event to highlight the 100-day achievements of the government in Lahore, asserted that his government is taking steps to ensure that religious minorities in get their due rights, which was also a vision of the country's founder

said his government will make it sure that the minorities feel safe, protected and have equal rights in 'New Pakistan'.

"We will show the government how to treat minorities...Even in India, people are saying that minorities are not being treated as equal citizens," he said referring to Shah's statement.

In a video interview with Karwan-e-Mohabbat India, the veteran said the death of a cow was being given importance over killing of a in

He said the "poison has already spread" and it will be now difficult to contain it.

"It will be very difficult to capture this djinn back into the bottle again. There is complete impunity for those who take law into their own hands...I feel anxious for my children because tomorrow if a mob surrounds them and asks, 'Are you a Hindu or a Muslim?' they will have no answer. It worries me that I don't see the situation improving anytime soon," Shah added.

The Pakistani said if justice is not given to the weak then it will only lead to uprising.

Giving an example, he said, "The people of were not given their rights which was the main reason behind the creation of "

On December 3, and a student, Sumit Kumar, were killed in mob violence in after cow carcasses were found strewn around.

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First Published: Sat, December 22 2018. 20:40 IST