New Delhi: Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Baxi has said that Islamic State countries, including Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia, have been short-sighted in their criticism of the Prophet Muhammad.
Iran, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have summoned the Indian embassy in connection with the defamatory remarks made by BJP representatives about the Prophet Muhammad.
Speaking at a press conference, Arindam Baxi said, “We categorically deny the allegations made by the Islamic State against India. These are short-sighted, unnecessary criticisms. The Indian government treats all religions with dignity.
Some of the defamatory tweets and comments about the Prophet Muhammad were put forward by individuals. They certainly did not express the opinion of the nation. Moreover, their party has taken stern action against those who spoke in such a manner.
Nevertheless, the General Secretariat of the Islamic Federation presents false, intentional criticism. It appears to be an attempt at secession at the instigation of some. We urge all religions and faiths to show due respect to each other without resorting to sectarianism. “
Controversial Background: Nupur Sharma, a BJP spokesperson, had made a defamatory remark about the Prophet Mohammad during a televised debate last week. BJP’s Naveen Kumar continued to tweet controversially about the Prophet Mohammad and later deleted it. The Islamists staged a sit-in protest in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, a few days ago. It seems that some shopkeepers at the time did not support the strike. So violence erupted in that area. The state police have launched an arrest operation in this regard. This is where the strong condemnation of the Gulf countries has accumulated. The BJP has suspended Nupur Sharma for making defamatory remarks and removed Naveen Kumar from the post of party basic member.