Saudi Arabia joined a bunch of Muslim international locations — together with Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Iran and Pakistan — that took robust exception to derogatory remarks made towards Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by leaders of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP).
In accordance with Hindustan Occasions, BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and one other social gathering chief, Naveen Kumar Jindal, made disrespectful remarks concerning the Prophet (PBUH) and after worldwide condemnation, India’s ruling social gathering needed to distance itself from their statements, asserting disciplinary motion towards the duo.
Qatar, Kuwait and Iran summoned India’s envoy to register their protest on Sunday, whereas Pakistan issued a powerful demarche to the Indian cost d’affaires on Monday.
Qatar has sought a public apology from India for permitting such “Islamophobic” views with out retribution.
Kuwait, in a press release, stated it had handed over an “official protest notice expressing the State of Kuwait’s categorical rejection and condemnation of the insulting statements towards the Holy Prophet (PBUH), Islam and Muslims issued by one of many officers within the ruling social gathering”.
Saudi Arabia additionally issued a press release condemning the remarks and known as for respect for religions.
President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif additionally known as out the feedback made by the BJP leaders.
The president famous that the remarks had damage the emotions of Muslims all over the world. “India beneath [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi’s Hindutva philosophy is trampling non secular freedoms of all its minorities and persecuting them with none impunity”.
In the meantime, Prime Minister Shehbaz tweeted, “… Have stated it repeatedly that India beneath Modi is trampling non secular freedoms & persecuting Muslims. World ought to take notice & severely reprimand India.”
He stated the love of Muslims for the Prophet (PBUH) was supreme they usually might sacrifice their lives for the Holy determine.
In a press release, Saudi Arabia’s international ministry stated it “reaffirms its everlasting rejection of prejudice towards the symbols of the Islamic faith and refuses to prejudice all non secular figures and symbols”.
The nation additionally welcomed the BJP’s resolution to droop Sharma, the assertion added.
Qatar summoned the Indian envoy and handed him an official notice that expressed Qatar’s disappointment and “its whole rejection and condemnation [of] the controversial remarks made by an official within the ruling social gathering in India towards Prophet Mohammed … Islam and Muslims,” in response to a press release issued by its international ministry.
Qatar stated it’s “anticipating a public apology and rapid condemnation of those remarks from the Authorities of India”.
It famous that permitting such Islamophobic remarks to proceed with out punishment constituted a grave hazard to the safety of human rights and should result in additional prejudice and marginalisation, which can create a cycle of violence and hate.
In the meantime, Pakistan stated the remarks made by two officers of the ruling BJP have been “completely unacceptable” as they damage the feelings of billions of Muslims all over the world.
“BJP’s tried clarification and belated and perfunctory disciplinary motion towards these people can’t assuage the ache and anguish they’ve prompted to the Muslim world,” the Overseas Workplace stated, urging India to make sure that decisive and demonstrable motion was taken towards these accountable for making derogatory remarks and attacking the dignity of Prophet (PBUH).
A day later, Pakistan summoned the Indian cost d’ affaires in Islamabad and issued a powerful demarche.
In a press release issued in the present day, Pakistan strongly urged the BJP management and the Indian authorities to “unequivocally condemn the sacrilegious feedback of the BJP officers and be certain that they’re held accountable by means of decisive and demonstrable motion for attacking the dignity” of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
The ministry additional known as upon the worldwide neighborhood, together with the United Nations (UN) and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to take discover of and cease “the dangerously rising ‘Hindutva’ impressed Islamophobia in India, and prevail upon the Indian authorities to forestall the systematic human rights violations towards minorities within the nation”.
Later within the day, the Pakistan Military additionally condemned the “blasphemous remarks by Indian officers” in a tweet.
In the meantime, the grand mufti of Oman, Sheikh Ahmad bin Hamad Al-Khalil, tweeted that the “obscene” feedback of the spokesperson of India’s ruling social gathering amounted to a “struggle towards each Muslim”.
OIC Secretary Basic Hissein Brahim Taha additionally stated that the BJP leaders’ remarks got here in “context of intensifying hatred and abuse towards Islam in India and systematic practices towards Muslims”.
India informed each Qatar and Kuwait that the offensive views didn’t mirror these of the federal government of India, as an alternative attributing these to “fringe components”. It stated that “robust motion” had been taken towards these accountable for the derogatory remarks.
BJP suspends social gathering membership of leaders
Following a powerful response from the Muslim international locations, the ruling BJP suspended Sharma and expelled Jindal from the social gathering for his or her remarks, in response to Hindustan Occasions.
The assertion issued by the social gathering didn’t title anybody however it underlined that the social gathering didn’t condone insults to any faith and respects all faiths.
“The Bharatiya Janata Occasion can also be towards any ideology which insults or demeans any sect or faith. The BJP doesn’t promote such individuals or philosophy … In the course of the 1000’s of years of the historical past of India each faith has blossomed and flourished. The Bharatiya Janata Occasion respects all religions,” the assertion stated.