India on Monday hit out on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) after it condemned the derogatory feedback made by two former BJP leaders on Prophet Muhammed and Islam.
The official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi, mentioned the OIC’s feedback are “misleading and mischievous”. India’s sturdy response got here whereas a number of nations, together with India’s essential Gulf accomplice, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and safety companions Oman and Jordan condemned the remarks. The UAE urged India to foster “mutual coexistence”.
In a strongly worded response, Mr. Bagchi mentioned the OIC ought to cease its “communal approach” and mentioned “it is regrettable that the OIC Secretariat has yet again chosen to make motivated, misleading and mischievous comments. This only exposes its divisive agenda being pursued at the behest of vested interests.”
Earlier the General Secretariat of the OIC “strongly condemned” the derogatory remarks and related them with different inside developments in India. “These abuses come in the context of the escalation of hatred and abuse of Islam in India and in the context of the systematic practices against Muslims and restrictions on them,” the OIC had mentioned in its assertion.
‘Pak. a serial violator of rights’
The official spokesperson’s strongest response was for the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif who had urged the world to “severely reprimand India” and pay attention to the offensive feedback and mentioned, “Our love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is supreme. All Muslims can sacrifice their life for the Love & Respect of their Holy Prophet (PBUH).”
Responding to the remark, Mr. Bagchi mentioned, “The absurdity of a serial violator of minority rights commenting on the treatment of minorities in another nation is not lost on anyone. The world has been witness to the systemic persecution of minorities, including Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Ahmadiyyas, by Pakistan.”
Continuing the worldwide outrage, the UAE on Monday condemned the feedback that insulted the Prophet of Islam. The remarks from the UAE is a crucial flip within the controversy because the nation has not too long ago concluded a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India and is an important aviation and funding vacation spot for the nation. “The Ministry underscored the need to respect religious symbols and not violate them, as well as confront hate speech and violence,” a remark from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UAE mentioned.
More nations protest
While Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, and Kuwait condemned the derogatory remarks on Sunday, Bahrain, Pakistan, Taliban of Afghanistan, the UAE, Jordan and Oman issued condemnations on Monday.
Nupur Sharma and Navin Kumar Jindal, the 2 figures who had uttered these feedback, had been stripped of their tasks by the BJP as soon as Qatar and Kuwait turned the primary nations to protest towards the offensive remarks in regards to the Prophet.
The MEA has been sustaining that “strong action has already been taken against these individuals by relevant bodies.” While the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have condemned the offensive statements individually, GCC Secretary General Dr. Nayef Falah M. Al Hajraf too “rejected and denounced the statements” towards the Prophet of Islam.
Indonesia too has condemned the feedback. “This message has been conveyed to the Indian Ambassador in Jakarta,” mentioned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia in an announcement.
Both Qatar and Kuwait summoned Indian ambassadors and lodged formal protests on Sunday and requested for public apology from India. In response, the Embassy of India in Doha described Ms. Sharma and Mr. Jindal as “fringe elements”.
However, the MEA adopted a unique method whereas coping with feedback from Pakistan and the widely pro-Pakistan OIC. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu’s go to to Qatar, which was overshadowed by the controversy got here to an finish on Monday night, with the Indian facet highlighting 3Cs, “culture, cuisine and cinema” that join either side.