New Delhi, BJP leader Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal’s remarks on Prophet Mohammad have been opposed by Islamic countries. Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Iran have condemned the alleged insult to the Prophet. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party has taken stern action against both its leaders and both the leaders have withdrawn their statements.
According to a statement from the Foreign Ministry, Saudi Arabia has condemned the remarks made by BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and called for respect for faith and religion. Qatar, Kuwait and Iran had summoned the Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Sunday. The Indian envoys in Doha were summoned to the Foreign Ministry and handed over an official letter of protest, stating that Qatar was expecting a public apology from the Indian government and an immediate condemnation of the remarks.
Qatar was condemned by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu during a high-profile visit to the rich Gulf state to promote trade.
Shahbaz tweeted, “I strongly condemn the insulting remarks made by the BJP leader of India about my beloved Prophet.” . The crisis is compounded in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh over the controversial statement.
At least 20 people have been injured in a clash between two groups after Friday prayers in Kanpur. The Congress has termed the BJP’s statement as a sham. Congress says action taken by BJP against party leaders is only damage control. SS2KP