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Prophet Muhammad remarked row more nations joined the list

Prophet Muhammad remarked row more nations joined the list

The list of countries objecting to remarks against Prophet Mohammed and his wife by BJP spokespersons Naveen Jindal and Nupur Sharma grew longer on Monday as India assuaged diplomatic concerns, stressing that the country respects all religions equally.

After Hours Kuwait, Qatar and Iran sent official notes on Sunday and held talks with top officials of India, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia; prime minister Shehbaz Sharif had also put out statements. On Monday, Afghanistan, Libya, Maldives, Indonesia, the UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, and Oman joined the list. The BJP suspended Sharma and expelled Jindal, and both the leaders apologized after the action. While the government has underscored the comments were linked to "fringe elements," the opposition party has stepped up attacks over the controversy.

An official note read,

"The UAE has condemned statements by the spokesperson for the Indian BJP, expressing its criticism and rejection of insults of the Prophet, peace, and blessings be upon him,"

Underscoring we need to respect religious symbols and not violate them and confront hate speech and violence."

In Oman, a meeting was held between Indian Ambassador Amit Narang and Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al Harthy, Foreign Ministry's Undersecretary for Diplomatic Affairs. He pointed out that no such comments do not predict peaceful co-existence. But he also welcomed the move to take action against their leaders.

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Indonesia, considered the most populous Muslim nation, has also conveyed its message.

Read a tweet by the foreign ministry.

"Indonesia strongly condemns unacceptable, disrespectful remarks against Prophet Muhammad by two Indian politicians. This message has been brought to the Indian Ambassador in Jakarta,"

Meanwhile, India hit back at Pakistan and the body of the Islamic nation OIC - over their statements on Monday.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a statement after tweets by the Pakistan prime minister.

"The absurdity of serial violators of minority rights commenting on the treatment of minorities in another nation is not lost on anyone. The world now has witnessed the systemic persecution of minorities" in the country,

To the Islamic nations' body, the external affairs ministry said it was "regrettable that the OIC Secretariat has again chosen to make motivated, misleading and mischievous comments. This only exposes its divisive agenda being pursued at the behest of vested interests."

In another development, Nupur Sharma has been summoned by the Mumbai Police over a case filed against her for the objectionable comments, city police commissioner Sanjay Pandey said on Monday. She had apologized for the remarks after the BJP took action against her.

An officer said.

"The decision to send a notice to her in the case was taken days before she tendered an apology,"

The opposition in India has been lashing out at the government over the controversy. After Telangana minister, KT Rama Rao said

He tweeted.

"'the BJP should apologize, and not India," Congress's Rahul Gandhi also criticized the government. "Divided internally, India becomes weak externally. BJP's shameful bigotry has isolated us and damaged India's standing globally," 

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said adding that Sharma should have been arrested, not just suspended.

"India has lost face. The country's foreign policy was destroyed. The fringe has become mainstream. I demand (Sharma's) arrest, not just suspension,"

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