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Pakistan, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia condemn deregulatory remarks of BJP govt officials against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

“The silence of the top leadership of the BJP is yet another proof that these Hindu zealots have the tacit support of the state machinery in carrying out their nefarious designs of marginalisation and dehumanising of the minorities, especially Muslims,” FO said.

Pakistan and some other Muslim countries _ Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabi and Malaysia have strongly condemned highly derogatory remarks made by two senior officials of India’s ruling party BJP, disrespecting the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). 

“The remarks have not only deeply hurt the sentiments of the people of Pakistan but of billions of Muslims around the world,” a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Meanwhile, on Monday, accordin gto media reports, the governments of Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia also condemned the derogatory remarks of Indian officials. 

“BJP’s attempted clarification and belated and perfunctory disciplinary action against these individuals cannot assuage the pain and anguish they have caused to the Muslim world.”

Muslims residing in India are equally outraged by the completely repugnant comments by the two BJP officials. The ensuing communal violence in Kanpur and in other parts of India bears testimony to this fact.

Pakistan is also deeply concerned about the alarming rise in communal violence and hatred directed against the Muslims in India. Muslims in India are being systematically stigmatised, marginalised and subjected to a well-orchestrated onslaught from radical Hindu mobs with full connivance and support of the security apparatus across various states in India. 

“Regrettably, the Indian state machinery has remained aloof to the desperate calls for assistance by the local Muslim communities across the country,” the statement said.

The continued grave violations of the rights of minorities in several BJP-ruled states; anti-Muslim legislation by the Union government of India and continued incidents of violence against Muslims on flimsy pretexts by various “Hindutva” groups with complete impunity, and often under state patronage, highlight the worsening trend of Islamophobia and extremism in India. 

“The silence of the top leadership of the BJP is yet another proof that these Hindu zealots have the tacit support of the state machinery in carrying out their nefarious designs of marginalisation and dehumanising of the minorities, especially Muslims,” it said.

Reprehensibly, it has become a norm in India to deprive Muslims of their right to live and freely practice their religion. It is deplorable that the BJP-RSS cohort, under the extremist “Hindutva” agenda, has maliciously denigrated and perpetrated senseless violence against Indian Muslims and their places of worship.

Pakistan once again calls on the international community to take immediate cognizance of the grievously aggravating situation of Islamophobia in India. India must be held accountable for stifling the rights of the minorities, especially Muslims to practice their faith and religious beliefs.

Meanwhile, taking to Twitter to condemn the incident, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said: “India under Modi is trampling religious freedoms and persecuting Muslims. The world should take note & severely reprimand India.”

He added that Muslims’ love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is supreme and that all Muslims can sacrifice their lives for the love and respect of their prophet. 

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