Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and President Dr Arif Alvi have strongly condemned the derogatory remarks made by two leaders of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party against the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
President Alvi said such comments were the reflection of a growing Islamophobia in India, which is home to millions of Muslims.
“Allowing such Islamophobic remarks to continue without punishment constitutes a grave danger to the protection of human rights and may lead to further prejudice and marginalisation, which will create a cycle of violence and hate,” he added.
Alvi said that suspending and expelling party officials wasn’t enough and the BJP must shun and denounce its fascist and extremist Hindutva ideology.
“I condemn in the strongest possible words hurtful comments of India’s BJP leader about our beloved Prophet (PBUH). I have said it repeatedly India under Modi is trampling religious freedoms and persecuting Muslims. The world should take note and severely reprimand India,” Sharif said in a Twitter post on Sunday.
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“Our love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is supreme. All Muslims can sacrifice their life for the love and respect of their Holy Prophet (PBUH),” he added.
Alvi said that India, under Modi’s Hindutva philosophy, was killing the religious freedoms of all its minorities and persecuting them without any impunity.
He called upon the United Nations, world community, and international human rights organizations to take serious notice of surging Islamophobia and systematic religious persecution without impunity and ensure all steps necessary to put an end to it.
The Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday that Islamabad condemned in the strongest possible terms the derogatory remarks recently made by two BJP 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,” he said.