Pakistan denounces shameful treatment of Muslim protestors in India

India asked to shun Hindutva policies, stop targeting Muslims

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly condemned the heavy-handed treatment by the Indian authorities of the Muslims who were registering a peaceful protest after Friday prayers over the derogatory remarks of the two members of the ruling political party Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) about Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

The indiscriminate and widespread use of brute force by the Indian authorities across various states in India resulted in killing of two innocent Muslim protesters and critically injured thirteen others in Ranchi city.

The Foreign Office Spokesperson, in a press release on Sunday, said that the footage of Indian forces unabashedly opening fire on unarmed protesters in Ranchi city was horrific beyond belief. In Uttar Pradesh alone a total of 227 people had been arrested so far.

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“This is a new low in the Indian government’s repressive ‘Hindutva’ inspired majoritarian policy aimed at demonizing and persecuting minorities, especially Muslims. Pakistan denounces this shameful treatment of Indian Muslim citizens by the Indian government and expresses its solidarity with the Muslims of India in these testing times,” the spokesperson added.

Pakistan once again strongly urged India to ensure that demonstrable action was taken against those responsible for making derogatory remarks and attacking the dignity of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The international community must also take immediate cognizance of the grievously aggravating situation of Islamophobia in India, the spokesperson said, adding India must be held accountable for stifling the rights of the minorities, especially Muslims, and ensure that Muslims living in India were not victimized for practicing their faith and religious beliefs. Pakistan denounces shameful treatment of Muslim protestors in India Muslims protesting against BJP leadership

It was alarming that despite the global condemnation of the BJP officials’ sacrilegious remarks, the Indian government’s reaction has been muted, while on the other hand the BJP-RSS regime has persisted in its Islamophobic actions and shamefully chosen to handle public protest with brutal and indiscriminate use of force.

“The Indian government’s apathy to the grievous situation and the vicious cycle of communal violence may lead to further marginalization of the Indian Muslims,” the spokesperson maintained. Adding to this, in recent days, major cities across India have witnessed massive Muslim demonstrations, demanding the arrest and punishment of the two members of India’s ruling Bhartia Janta Party (BJP) for using highly derogatory remarks and disrespecting the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

“This reflects not only the aspirations of the vast Muslim community in India, but also the aspirations of the entire Muslim world, and the Indian authorities, which have always advocated democracy, should respond positively,” Cheng Xizhong, Visiting Professor of Southwest University of Political Science and Law said on Sunday.

However, the Indian authorities have resorted to brutal measures against the unarmed protesting Muslims and used the security forces to suppress them. The Indian authorities have been going further and further along the path of wrong and crimes. The international community should pay close attention to the atrocities committed by the Indian authorities and strongly condemn the disproportional use of security forces on Indian Muslim protestors, he added.

Prof. Cheng, who is also Senior Fellow of the Charhar Institute, noted that the use of security forces last Friday resulted in the martyrdom of two innocent Muslim protestors, critically injuring thirteen others and unwarranted arrest of hundreds of peaceful Muslim demonstrators. He opined that the suppression of Muslims on flimsy pretexts by Indian authorities with with national security apparatus has highlighted the worsening trend of Islamophobia and Hindu extremism in India.

He said that India should immediately shun its Hindutva policies and stop targeting its minorities, hurting their religious sentiments and put an end to rising incidents of violence and spreading of hate against Indian minorities, especially Muslims.

Otherwise, the worsening ethnic contradictions and religious conflicts in India will lead to the final division of the country, Prof. Cheng concluded.

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