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Following BJP officials’ Islamophobic remarks, India has come under fire

Following BJP officials’ Islamophobic remarks, India has come under fire

Several Muslim countries, including Pakistan, condemned two leaders from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party for making insulting remarks about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on Sunday (BJP).

The Islamophobic remarks made by two spokespersons for India’s ruling party were strongly criticised by Pakistan’s authorities. Qatar, Kuwait, and Iran have summoned Indian envoys to express their displeasure and seek an apology from New Delhi.

In separate declarations, President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, as well as the official Foreign Office statement, encouraged the international community to “severely rebuke India” for the insensitive remarks of its ruling-party officials.

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Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, the BJP’s spokespersons, were expelled from the party on Sunday for making Islamophobic remarks. Pakistan and other Islamic countries, on the other hand, believed it was insufficient.

“Suspending and removing party officials is insufficient… President Alvi stated, “The BJP must reject and renounce its radical and fascist Hindutva philosophy.” India should also “ensure decisive and concrete action” against those guilty, according to the Foreign Office.

Alvi claimed that the BJP’s divisive Hindutva ideology was infringing on the minorities’ religious liberty and harassing them without repercussions. “This reflects the rising tide of Islamophobia in India, where Muslims number in the millions,” he continued.

“Allowing such Islamophobic remarks to go unpunished poses a major threat to human rights protection and may lead to greater discrimination and marginalisation, resulting in a cycle of violence and hatred,” he cautioned.

Prime Minister Shehbaz stated that the world should take notice of the BJP leaders’ insulting remarks and severely reprimand India. “I reject in the strongest possible terms India’s BJP leader’s terrible comments on our dear Prophet (PBUH),” he tweeted.

“Under Modi’s leadership, India is violating religious freedoms and oppressing Muslims. The rest of the world should take notice and punish India severely. Our devotion to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is undeniable. “All Muslims have the ability to lay down their lives for the love and respect of their Holy Prophet (PBUH),” he continued.

Meanwhile, Kuwait said it had handed over a “formal protest note expressing the State of Kuwait’s categorical rejection and condemnation of the disrespectful words made by one of the ruling party’s leaders against the Holy Prophet (PBUH), Islam, and Muslims.”

Qatar summoned the Indian envoy and presented him with an official message expressing Qatar’s disappointment and “complete rejection and condemnation” of “controversial remarks made by an official in India’s ruling party,” according to the country’s foreign ministry.

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Ahmed Khan is a Senior Editor at Pakistan Lounge and joined in July 2021. Formerly News Editor at a Local News website

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