The BJP may have suspended its Delhi spokespersons Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal, but this doesn’t appear to have calmed the anger in the Arab world on the act to insult Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Qatar has officially summoned the Indian ambassador to register its official protest against the objectionable comments made by Nupur Sharma on a Times Now show presented by Navika Kumar.
In a statement, the Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it summoned Indian ambassador Deepak Mittal and handed him an official note, ‘expressing the disappointment of the State of Qatar and its total rejection and condemnation to the controversial remarks made by an official in the ruling party in India against Prophet Mohammed (may blessings and peace be upon him), Islam and Muslims.’
The statement read, “HE Mr. Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the State, handed this note to the Ambassador of the Republic of India.
The State of Qatar welcomed the statement issued by the ruling party in India in which it announced the suspension of the party’s official from practicing his activities in the party due to his remarks that angered all Muslims around the world. Noting that State of Qatar is expecting a public apology and immediate condemnation of these remarks from the Government of India, pointing out that allowing such Islamophobic remarks to continue without punishment, constitutes a grave danger to the protection of human rights and may lead to further prejudice and marginalization, which will create a cycle of violence and hate.”
The development came on the day the BJP suspended Sharma and Jindal from the primary membership of the party. Meanwhile, demand for Navika Kumar’s arrest has also gathered pace.
According to reports, Qatar ‘affirmed that these insulting remakes would lead to incitement of religious hatred, and offend more than two billion Muslims around the world, and indicate the clear ignorance of the pivotal role that Islam has played in the development of civilizations around the world, including in India.’