Pak FO summons
Indian envoy over
two BJP leaders’ remarks
against Prophet (PBUH)

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday summoned the Indian Charge d’ Affaires and conveyed Government of Pakistan’s strong condemnation of the highly derogatory remarks uttered by two senior officials of India’s ruling party BJP about the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), saying that their remarks were totally unacceptable which had not only deeply hurt the sentiments of people of Pakistan but of Muslims across the world.

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.

According to the Foreign Office statement, Pakistan is deeply concerned at the alarming rise in communal violence and hatred against the 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.

ISLAMABAD: A car carrying Indian diplomats is pictured as they leave the Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry building in Islamabad.

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.

Pakistan calls upon the international community, including the United Nations and OIC, especially their human rights machinery, to take cognizance of and stop 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.

The Indian diplomat was that told the “belated” and “perfunctory” disciplinary actions taken by the BJP government could not assuage the pain caused to the Muslims, the foreign office said. 

“Pakistan strongly urges 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 (PBUH),” it said. 

Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also condemned the “hurtful” comments by BJP officials. 

“The derogatory and controversial remarks have hurt the feelings of all Muslims around the world,” President Alvi said on Twitter. 

PM Sharif said India, under Modi’s leadership, was “trampling religious freedoms and persecuting Muslims.” He asked the world to take note of it reprimand New Delhi. 

The Pakistani military also condemned the insulting remarks by Indian officials. “The outrageous act is deeply hurtful and clearly indicates extreme level of hate against Muslims and other religions in India,” it said in a statement.