Arab Parliament denounces BJP’s remarks against the Prophet Muhammad
Cairo: The Cairo-based Arab Parliament has strongly condemned and rejected the “irresponsible remarks” made by two former spokespersons for India’s ruling party against the Prophet Muhammad.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Arab Parliament said that “such statements completely contradict the principle of tolerance and inter-religious dialogue”, which “leads to a state of tension and hatred between religions”.
The Arab League’s legislative body was also surprised that “such statements are issued by political leaders who are supposed to be more concerned with spreading the values of moderation, tolerance and dialogue between religions and civilizations, and confronting extremist ideas that fuel sedition and religious hatred”. ”.
The Arab Parliament also called for the “need to be aware of the great difference between freedom of expression and respect for the beliefs of others, stressing that it is in no way possible to agree to insult the religions and their sacred symbols under the pretext of freedom of opinion”. and expression,” the statement added.
Nupur Sharma, who was a spokesperson for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was suspended by the party leadership, and the party’s Delhi unit media chief, Naveen Jindal, was expelled.
The BJP said the party’s standpoint is to respect all religions.
The controversial statements sparked an international outcry.
Several Muslim nations, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Indonesia and Iran, as well as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the League Muslim world officially protested their statements and demanded an apology.