Qatar’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Indian envoy on Sunday to condemn a BJP official’s remarks against the Prophet Muhammad.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today summoned His Excellency Dr. Deepak Mittal, the Ambassador of the Republic of India to the country, and handed him an official note, expressing the disappointment of the state of Qatar and its total rejection and condemnation of India’s ruling party official’s controversial remarks against the Prophet Muhammad,” a ministry statement said.
“The State of Qatar has welcomed the statement issued by the ruling party in India in which it announced the suspension of the party official from carrying out his activities in the party because of his angry remarks of all Muslims around the world Noting that the State of Qatar expects a public apology and immediate condemnation of such remarks from the Government of India, emphasizing that allowing such Islamophobic remarks to continue without sanction poses a grave danger for the protection of human rights and can lead to further prejudice and marginalization, which creates a cycle of violence and hatred,” he said.
The BJP on Sunday suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled its Delhi media chief Naveen Kumar Jindal for their alleged derogatory remarks against the Prophet Muhammad, as it sought to defuse the row over the issue.
A communication to Sharma from the secretary of the party’s disciplinary committee, Om Pathak, said she had expressed opinions contrary to the party’s position on various issues, which is in clear violation of its constitution. Meanwhile, a communication from Delhi BJP leader Adesh Gupta to Jindal said his views on social media vitiate communal harmony and violate core beliefs of the party.