Over the weekend, India’s ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) faced more criticism for its national spokesperson’s insulting Islamophobic remarks against Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
The media stated that BJP national spokeswoman Nupur Sharma and Delhi media operation head Naveen Jindal had also been removed from the party.
Sharma’s feedback had come throughout a televised debate, while Jindal had tweeted them out, in a Twitter put up that has now has been deleted. Sharma responded to the backlash on Twitter, saying she said “some things in response to insults made about a Hindu god, but it was never my goal to damage anyone’s religious emotions,” she further said, “If my statements have offended or injured anyone’s religious feelings in any way, I apologise.”
In reaction to the official’s “extremely disrespectful statements,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry issued a statement.
“These absolutely inappropriate words have gravely hurt the sensibilities of not only the people of Pakistan but also billions of Muslims around the world,” the statement said.
“The BJP’s attempt at clarification and delayed and perfunctory disciplinary action against these persons cannot relieve the Muslim world’s agony and anguish,” the ministry stated.
Imran Khan, a former prime minister, also slammed the Islamophobic remarks, accusing the Modi government of “deliberately implementing a strategy of provocation and hostility towards Muslims in India, including instigating vigilante violence against them.”
Saudi Arabia’s Response
Saudi Arabia has expressed its displeasure with the situation. The Saudi kingdom reacted angrily to the comments made by a spokeswoman of the Modi-led government, calling for the spokesperson’s suspension.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned and denounced “the words made by the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokeswoman, disrespecting the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.”
The office restated “its persistent rejection of prejudice against the symbols of the Islamic religion and refuses to bias all religious figures and symbols,” as well as “respect for beliefs and religions.”
Deepak Mittal, India’s ambassador in Doha, has been summoned to Qatar’s foreign ministry to apologise.
In an attempt to enhance alternate ties, India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu became on a go to to the Gulf country even as the us of a demanded India apologise for Islamophobic feedback.
Mittal acquired and respectable protest letter from the ministry which stated, “Qatar is waiting for a public apology and on the spot condemnation of those feedback from the authorities of India.”
“Allowing such Islamophobic feedback to hold with out punishment constitutes a grave threat to the safety of human rights,” and “will create a cycle of violence and hate.”
India’s ambassadors to Kuwait were additionally summoned on Sunday to get hold of an respectable protest letter over the Islamophobic remarks.
The response of the BJP
The Hindutva party, which is in power, “strongly condemned” the “insult to any religious persons of any faith” on Sunday.
“The Bharatiya Janata Party is also vehemently opposed to any ideology that insults or demeans any sect or religion,” the party said in a statement. The BJP does not support such individuals or ideologies.”
The statement, which cited the Indian Constitution, stated that every individual has the freedom to practise his or her faith; yet, it did not mention the Islamophobic sentiments or the sanctioning of the two party officials.