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US Department of State spokesperson Mathew Miller during a press briefing was asked about why the US was speaking out against the arrest of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal but there was silence on the arrests of opposition leaders in Pakistan.

In response, Mathew Miller refused to combine the two cases and stated that the US wanted to see everyone in Pakistan be treated equally under the law and with respect for human rights.

“I would not agree with that characterization. We have made clear on a number of occasions that we want to see everyone in Pakistan treated consistent with the rule of law, treated with respect for human rights, as is our position with respect to any country in the world,” Miller said.

Delhi CM Kejriwal was detained by the federal probe agency on March 21 in connection with the money laundering case linked to the now-scrapped excise policy of his government and is in judicial custody till April 15.

Earlier on Tuesday, in a stern warning to the international community, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar cautioned against unwarranted political commentary on India’s internal matters, stressing that any such interference would be met with a “very strong reply.” 

“Somebody asked a person from the UN (about Kejriwal’s arrest), and he gave some reply. But in other cases, I would say very frankly these are old habits, these are bad habits,” Jaishankar told reporters.

He added, “There is a certain ‘maryada’ (restraint) among countries. We are sovereign countries, we should not be interfering in each other’s internal affairs, we should not be passing comments about each other’s politics.”

He added that “if foreign country comments on India’s politics, “they will get a very strong reply from us, and that is what has happened.” “…we sincerely urge all the countries in the world that by all means you have your views about the world, but no country has the right to comment on another country’s politics especially in situations like this,” Jaishankar said.

(With inputs from PTI, ANI)



Last week, US State Department spokesperson Mathew Miller was asked about his response to India’s summoning US diplomat over comments on Delhi CM Kejriwal’s arrest and freezing of Congress party’s bank accounts, to which he said that they are following these actions closely.

“We continue to follow these actions closely, including the arrest of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. We are also aware of the Congress party’s allegations that tax authorities have frozen some of their bank accounts in a manner that will make it challenging to effectively campaign in the upcoming elections,” Miller added.

“And we encourage fair, transparent and timely legal processes for each of these issues,” he stressed.

Stating that India is proud of its “robust and independent” democratic institutions, the Ministry of External Affairs called the remarks by the US State Department on the arrest of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal “unwarranted”, adding that any such external imputation on our electoral and legal processes is “completely unacceptable.”

Prior to this, India summoned the German Deputy Chief of Mission in New Delhi to lodge a strong protest against their foreign office spokesperson’s remarks on the arrest of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

On April 1, the Rouse Avenue Court had sent the Delhi CM to to judicial custody till April 15 in the alleged money laundering case linked to the Delhi excise policy case. (ANI)

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Published: 04 Apr 2024, 01:54 PM IST

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