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Ministry of External Affairs rejects OIC’s and Pakistan’s comments on India on Prophet remarks row

Ministry of External Affairs rejects OIC's and Pakistan’s comments on India on Prophet remarks row

The Ministry of External Affairs, India has categorically rejected Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Secretariat’s comments on India and termed them unwarranted and narrow-minded.  In response to media queries regarding the recent statement by General Secretariat of the OIC, External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Arindam Bagchi said, Government of India accords the highest respect to all religions.

He said, “the offensive tweets and comments denigrating a religious personality were made by certain individuals. They do not, in any manner, reflect the views of the Government of India. Strong action has already been taken against these individuals by relevant bodies.

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.

We would urge the OIC Secretariat to stop pursuing its communal approach and show due respect to all faiths and religions.”

In an another response to media queries regarding tweet by the Pakistani Prime Minister and statement by its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Official Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said:

“We have noted statements and comments from Pakistan. 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.

The Government of India accords the highest respect to all religions. This is quite unlike Pakistan where fanatics are eulogized and monuments built in their honour. We call on Pakistan to focus on the safety, security and well-being of its minority communities instead of engaging in alarmist propaganda and attempting to foment communal disharmony in India.”

The Bhartiya Janta Party suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled its Delhi media head Naveen Kumar Jindal after their controversial remarks against the Prophet, as it sought to defuse a row over the issue.

Amid protests by Islamic groups over the remarks, the party also issued a statement aimed at ensuring the concerns of minorities and distancing itself from these members. It has asserted respect for all religions and denounced the insult of any religious personality.

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