Pakistan issues demarche to India over blasphemous remarks by BJP officials

Islamabad, June 06 (KMS): Pakistan on Monday strongly condemned the derogatory remarks made by two senior officials of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and issued a strong demarche to the Indian Charge d’ Affaires in Islamabad

According to Kashmir Media Service, the Foreign Office in a statement in Islamabad said the Indian Charge d’ Affaires was summoned to the ministry and conveyed the Government of Pakistan’s categorical rejection and strong condemnation of the highly derogatory remarks made by two senior officials of India’s ruling BJP about Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

The official was told that these remarks are totally unacceptable and have not only deeply hurt the sentiments of the people of Pakistan but of Muslims across the world, it added.

It said the Indian diplomat was further told that Pakistan “deplores the belated and perfunctory disciplinary actions taken by the BJP government against the said officials, which cannot assuage the pain caused to the Muslims.”

The ministry also expressed its deep concern about the alarming rise in communal violence and hatred against Muslims in India.

“Muslims are being systematically stigmatized, marginalized 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. The growing mainstreaming of the reprehensible anti-Muslim sentiment and the increasing attempts at depriving the Muslims of their centuries-old places of worship citing frivolous historical claims are nothing but the obvious outcomes of the deep-seated Islamophobia in the Indian society,” a statement from the ministry read.

The FO strongly urged the BJP leadership and the government of India to unequivocally condemn the sacrilegious comments of the BJP officials and ensure that they are held accountable through decisive and demonstrable action against them for attacking the dignity of the Holy Prophet (SAW).

The statement further stated that the government of India was reminded of its obligations under international law to take immediate steps to protect minorities from human rights violations, ensure their safety, security and well-being and allow them to profess and practice their faiths in peace.

Pakistan called upon the international community, including the United Nations and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, especially their human rights machinery, to take cognizance of and halt the dangerously rising ‘Hindutva’ inspired Islamophobia in India, and prevail upon the Indian authorities to prevent the systematic human rights violations against minorities in the country.

Meanwhile, the Convener of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement in Islamabad strongly castigated the BJP leaders for derogatory and profane remarks against the Prophet of Islam (SAW).

He in this regard hailed the strong reaction from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries against the Indian Hindutva leaders and called upon the United Nations and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to take necessary steps to frustrate the BJP infamous motive of Islamophobia in India.

A protest was held in Muzaffarabad, today, against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for making blasphemous remarks about the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) under the aegis of Pasban-e-Hurriyat.

A large number of people gathered at Old Secretariat, marched towards Burhan Wani Chowk and chanted slogans against BJP spokesperson Nopur Sharma and media head Naveen Kumar Jundal for making insulting remarks for the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

Speakers on the occasion said that the Narendra Modi-led BJP government in India is engaged in terrorist activities against Islam and Muslims under an organized conspiracy.

“In India, Hindu extremist leaders are openly threatening and carry out deadly attacks on ordinary Muslims, destroying mosques, madrassas and has affected with Islamic sentiments immensely”, they lamented.

The speakers termed the Arab countries’ “India boycott campaign” as the right step in the right direction on such incident and demanded the entire Muslim world to boycott India completely diplomatically.

The Chairman of Pasban-e-Hurriyat Uzair Ahmad Ghazali, Hafiz Bilal Ahmad Farooqi, Syed Hamza Shaheen, Usman Ali Hashim, Muhammad Shahid, Dr Muhammad Manzoor, Sher Ali Afghani, Faisal Farooq, Muhammad Aimal Farzam and Muhammad Shafiq Inqalabi, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Abdul Hameed Lone were also present on the occasion.

The Executive Committee of High Court Bar Association in a meeting in Srinagar chaired by chairman Advocate N A Ronga expressed serious concern over the constant provocative and blasphemous statements of Hindu extremist leaders aimed at vitiating the communal harmony and religious brotherhood.

It was observed in the meeting that no Muslim can tolerate such blasphemous utterances against Prophet Mohammad Peace Be Upon Him.

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