Distress is spreading in the Middle East due to disparaging comments made by officials of India’s ruling party about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), with various countries summoning New Delhi’s envoy and asking for a public apology.
The United Arab Emirates has become the latest Gulf state to voice its distress
The remarks were made last week by Nupur Sharma. Naveen Jindal and Sharma, two members of Indian PM Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have been at the heart of the chorus of diplomatic outrage. On Sunday, the right-wing party took action against Sharma and Jindal.
UAE condemns remarks by former BJP spokespersons pic.twitter.com/Qa4WNoIPbL— Rezaul Hasan Laskar (@Rezhasan) June 6, 2022
The BJP suspended Sharma and expelled Jindal
Issuing a rare statement saying that it “strongly denounces insult of any religious personalities.
”On Monday, the UAE’s foreign ministry said the BJP officials’ comments were “against moral and humanitarian values and principles.” The ministry said that there was a “need for respecting religious symbols to counter hate speech,” state news agency WAM reported. Earlier, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan, and other Muslim-majority countries in and outside the Gulf region said that they condemned the comments by BJP members.
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At least 15 countries, including Jordan, Libya, Maldives, Indonesia, and Oman have lodged official protests with Indian embassies in those nations over the controversial remarks, Indian media reports said.