Malaysian PM’s Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad’s statement on the United Nation’s General Meeting against India did not go too well with the Indian community. This is evident from the way the social media handles are burning with the hashtag #Boycott Malaysia.

 Mahathir has accused India of ‘invading and occupying Kashmir’. His comment is being seen as a tow-the-line sentiment as China and Turkey both raised the Kashmir issue at the meeting.

In the background to this outburst, could be the recent meeting between Mahathir and Narendra Modi, where the Indian PM had mentioned the need to extricate Zakir Naik who is wanted in India. Modi was in discussions with Mahathir, in Russia on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum at the end of August this year.

A Malaysian citizen and Islamic preacher, he has been under the radar for making derogatory racial remarks in Malaysia. However, Mahathir refused his extradition on the pretext that Naik might not receive a fair trial in India. It is confirmed further that Mahathir, had met Zakir Naik in July 2018, and had told media that Naik would not be deported since he has Permanent Residency, as long as he does not create any problems.

In his rather vocal tone, Mahathir, while addressing the UN said, “Now, despite the UN resolution on Jammu and Kashmir, the country has been invaded and occupied. There may be reasons for this action but it is still wrong. The problem must be solved by peaceful means. India should work with Pakistan to resolve this problem. Ignoring the UN would lead to other forms of disregard for the UN and the Rule of Law.”

The Pakistan fervor looks like an influence of the recently agreed trilateral agreement between Malaysia, Turkey, and Pakistan to fight the increasing feeling of islamophobia and launching a new TV channel that will educate people about the goodness of Islam.

China and Turkey both seemed to be siding with Pakistan as they made statements that made it look like, that India was going completely against the UN resolutions and needed to look into this matter carefully.

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