USCIRF statement on CAB 'neither accurate nor guaranteed': MEA

NEW DELHI: After a US federal commission for international religious freedom sought US sanctions against the Interior Minister of the Union Amit Shah On the Bill of Citizenship (Amendment), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that neither the NRC nor the NRC seeks to strip the citizenship of any Indian citizen of any faith.

The ministry rejected the statement as inaccurate and unjustified. The statement by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom on the Citizenship Bill (Amendment) is neither precise nor justified, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Describing the as a dangerous turn in the wrong direction, a federal US commission on international religious freedom has sought American sanctions against Union home minister Amit Shah and other principal Indian leadership if the bill with the religious criterion is passed by both houses of Parliament.

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Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Bill (Amendment), which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to refugees who come from Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parisians, Jains and Buddhists from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan after facing religious persecution there, Shortly after midnight on Monday.

According to the proposed legislation, members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parish and Christian communities, who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014 and who face religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants, but they will be given Indian citizenship

In a statement issued on Monday, the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) claimed that the CAB enshrines a path to citizenship for immigrants that specifically excludes Muslims, establishing a legal criteria for citizenship based on the religion.

The CAB is a dangerous turn in the wrong direction; It goes against the rich history of secular pluralism in India and the Indian Constitution, which guarantees equality before the law regardless of faith, he said.

The USCIRF said it was deeply concerned about the passage of the bill in Lok Sabha.