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Muslim nations slam India over insulting remarks concerning Islam

Muslim nations slam India over insulting remarks concerning Islam

NEW DELHI (AP) — India is facing greatest diplomatic outrage from Muslim countries following top officials inside the ruling Hindu nationalist communal gathering made derogatory references to Islam with every one other accompanied by the Prophet, sketch accusations of blasphemy across some Arab nations that have left-hand New Delhi struggling to include the damaging fallout.

At least five Arab nations have lodged official protests opposed to India, with every one other accompanied by Pakistan with every one other accompanied by Afghanistan too reacted strongly Monday to the comments made by set of two prominent spokespeople from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party. Anger has poured not here on communal media, with every one other accompanied by calls for a boycott of Indian goods have surfaced inside some Arab nations.

The contentious remarks go nearer behind increasing violence targeting India's Muslim minority carried not here by Hindu nationalists who have been emboldened by Modi's uniform silence concerning such attacks since he was earliest elected inside 2014.

Over the years, Indian Muslims have been regularly targeted for each item from their food with every one other accompanied by clothing way to inter-religious marriages. Watchdog groups such while Human Rights Watch with every one other accompanied by Amnesty International have warned that attacks could escalate.

Rights groups have too accused Modi's ruling communal gathering of looking the other way with every one other accompanied by occasionally enabling hate speech opposed to Muslims, who are 14% of India's 1.4 billion people nevertheless still numerous sufficient to exist the second-largest Muslim inhabitants of some nation.

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Modi's communal gathering denies the accusations, nevertheless India's Muslims speak attacks opposed to them with every one other accompanied by their trust have become relentless.

The annoyance has been growing since last week following the set of two spokespeople, Nupur Sharma with every one other accompanied by Naveen Jindal, made speculative remarks that were seen while insulting Islam's Prophet Mohammed with every one other accompanied by his spouse Aisha.

Modi's communal gathering took no indeed deed opposed to them until Sunday when a sudden chorus of diplomatic outrage began accompanied by Qatar with every one other accompanied by Kuwait summoning their Indian ambassadors to protest. The BJP suspended Sharma with every one other accompanied by expelled Jindal with every one other accompanied by issued a infrequent statement saying it "strongly denounces offend of some devout personalities," a go that was welcomed by Qatar with every one other accompanied by Kuwait.

Later, Saudi Arabia with every one other accompanied by Iran too lodged complaints accompanied by India, with every one other accompanied by the Jeddha-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or the OIC, said the remarks came inside a "context of intensifying hatred with every one other accompanied by abuse in the direction of Islam inside India with every one other accompanied by systematic practices opposed to Muslims."

New Delhi has made no indeed remark so a lengthy way over protests lodged by Muslim nations, nevertheless India's Foreign Ministry on Monday rejected comments by the OIC while "unwarranted" with every one other accompanied by "narrow-minded." On Sunday, India's embassies inside Qatar with every one other accompanied by Doha released a statement saying the views expressed opposed to the Prophet with every one other accompanied by Islam were not that of the Indian management nevertheless made by "fringe elements." Both statements said that strong deed has by that hour dated been taken opposed to those who made the derogatory remarks.

The censure from Muslim countries, however, was severe, indicating that insulting Prophet Mohammad was a scarlet line.

Qatar's Foreign Ministry said it expected a "public apology" from the Indian management with every one other accompanied by Kuwait warned that if the comments go unpunished, India would see "an grow of extremism with every one other accompanied by hatred." The Grand Mufti of the sultanate of Oman described the "obscene rudeness" of Modi's communal gathering in the direction of Islam while a form of "war." And Riyadh said the comments were "insulting" with every one other accompanied by called for "respect for beliefs with every one other accompanied by religions."

The remarks made by Sharma throughout a TV program inside India with every one other accompanied by Jindal inside a tweet chance damaging India's ties accompanied by Arab nations.

India maintains strong relations accompanied by the wealthy sheikhdoms of Qatar with every one other accompanied by Kuwait, which be contingent on on millions of migrant workers from India with every one other accompanied by somewhere else inside South Asia to work for their tiny local populations with every one other accompanied by operate the machinery of done every one day life. India too depends on oil-rich Gulf Arab states to ability its energy-thirsty economy.

The remarks too led to annoyance inside India's archrival with every one other accompanied by neighbor Pakistan with every one other accompanied by inside Afghanistan.

On Monday, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry summoned an Indian diplomat with every one other accompanied by conveyed Islamabad's "strong condemnation," a day following Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the comments were "hurtful" with every one other accompanied by "India under Modi is trampling devout freedoms & persecuting Muslims." The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said the Indian management should not permit "such fanatics to offend ...Islam with every one other accompanied by provoke the feelings of Muslims."

Anti-Muslim sentiments with every one other accompanied by attacks have risen across India under Modi. Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said India was seeing "rising attacks on people with every one other accompanied by places of worship," eliciting a response from New Delhi which called the comments "ill-informed."

More recently, devout tensions have escalated following some Hindu groups went to a local court of rules and regulations inside northern Varanasi city to seek permission to pray at a 17th century mosque, claiming that it was built by demolishing a temple. Critics speak these tensions have been further exacerbated by India's TV strait anchors throughout raucous debates.

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Associated Press writers Isabel DeBre with every one other accompanied by Jon Gambrell inside Dubai with every one other accompanied by Munir Ahmad with every one other accompanied by Rahim Faiez inside Islamabad contributed to this report.

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