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ISLAMABAD:- Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani on Monday said all the legislators from treasury and opposition benches would stage a protest demonstration before the Indian embassy in Islamabad on Friday.

He said this seconding the proposal of Maulana Atta-ur-Rehman during the debate in the Senate on the blasphemous comments, uttered by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) leaders.

Sanjrani also planned to form a three-member delegation to raise the issue at the United Nations (UN) as it would discourage its reoccurrence anywhere in the world.

Seeking permission for open discussion on the issue, Leader of the House Azam Nazeer Tarar condemned the sacrilegious comments about Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) by the BJP leaders in the strongest terms.

He said the BJP leaders had not only hurt the feelings of Indian Muslims but also the entire Ummah.

Leader of the Opposition Dr Waseem Shahzad said Islamophobia had taken the most lethal form in India. The Muslim Ummah should boycott the Indian products all over the world like that of the residents of some Middle Eastern countries.

Mushtaq Ahmed of Jamaat Islami said India wanted to rob the regional peace through creating religious disharmony. He proposed to call an immediate submit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to give a collective response in a befitting manner to India on the issue.

Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf said,”We should hold dialogue with world to control the burgeoning incidents of Islamophobia.”

Dr Asif Kirmani of PML-N said an international drive should be launched to sort out the solution of blasphemous issues on permanent basis, and the OIC and the UN should also be taken on board on the matter.

PTI’s Faisal Javed said the blasphemous comments about Holy Prophet (PBUH) was not acceptable at any cost. “We should take practical steps to counter the issues pertaining to Islamophobia.”

PPP’s Rubina Khalid said besides condemning such blasphemous incidents, “we should follow the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in letter and spirit”.

PPP’s Yousuf Raza Gilani termed it a black day as the BJP leaders had hurt the sentiments of entire Muslim Ummah.

Kamil Ali Agha of the PML-Q said an explanation should be sought from the Indian government on the gruesome issue from the platform of OIC.

PTI’s Shibli Faraz said it was painful when someone passed blasphemous comments regarding the beloved Prophet (PBUH), and appreciated the Middle Eastern countries’ practical response by boycotting the Indian products.

Danesh Kumar condemning the incident, said it was an individuals’ act as the Hindu community was also in love with the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He said he would lead the protest demonstration to express his love with the great personality of the world.

NA condemns BJP leaders’ derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

The National Assembly on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution, strongly condemning the derogatory remarks uttered by India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders against Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

The resolution, moved by Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) leader Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, said the whole nation was in the state of shock to hear such remarks by the two BJP leaders.

The resolution said the Muslims across the world had great love and affection for Holy Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH), as in the Holy Quran they (Muslims) had been bound to love the Prophet (PBUH) more than their parents and children.

It said the derogatory remarks had saddened the whole nation, including the non-Muslims.

The resolution said with such remarks, the Muslims living in India had also been harassed and mentioned that the BJP government always followed the anti-Muslim policy.

The resolution demanded of the Indian government to take strict action against the BJP leaders, who had passed such derogatory remarks and hurt the sentiments of Muslims, besides ensuring that such remarks should not be repeated.

It also urged the international community to take notice of India’s anti-Muslim policy.

The Pakistan Armed Forces on Monday strongly condemned the blasphemous remarks by BJP leaders.

Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a tweet, said that the outrageous act is deeply hurtful and clearly indicates extreme level of hate against Muslims and other religions in India.

Earlier, the Indian Charge d’ Affaires was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and conveyed the Government of Pakistan’s categorical rejection and strong condemnation of the highly derogatory remarks made by two senior officials of India’s ruling party BJP about the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The Indian diplomat was told that these remarks were totally unacceptable and had not only deeply hurt the sentiments of the people of Pakistan but of Muslims across the world, thr Foreign Office said

The Indian diplomat was further told that Pakistan deplores the belated and perfunctory disciplinary actions taken by the BJP government against the said officials, which cannot assuage the pain caused to the Muslims.

“Pakistan is deeply concerned at the alarming rise in communal violence and hatred against the Muslims in India. Muslims are being systematically stigmatized, marginalized and subjected to a well- orchestrated onslaught from radical Hindu mobs with full connivance and support of the security apparatus across various states in India,” the FO said in a statement.

The FO said growing mainstreaming of the reprehensible anti-Muslim sentiment and the increasing attempts at depriving the Muslims of their centuries-old places of worship citing frivolous historical claims, are nothing but the obvious outcomes of the deep-seated Islamophobia in the Indian society.

“Pakistan strongly urges the BJP leadership and the government of India to unequivocally condemn the sacrilegious comments of the BJP officials and ensure that they are held accountable through decisive and demonstrable action against them for attacking the dignity of the Holy Prophet (PBUH),” it said.

The Indian Charge d’ Affaires was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and conveyed the Government of Pakistan’s categorical rejection and strong condemnation of the highly derogatory remarks made by two senior officials of India’s ruling party BJP about the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The Indian diplomat was told that these remarks were totally unacceptable and had not only deeply hurt the sentiments of the people of Pakistan but of Muslims across the world, thr Foreign Office said

The Indian diplomat was further told that Pakistan deplores the belated and perfunctory disciplinary actions taken by the BJP government against the said officials, which cannot assuage the pain caused to the Muslims.

“Pakistan is deeply concerned at the alarming rise in communal violence and hatred against the Muslims in India. Muslims are being systematically stigmatized, marginalized and subjected to a well- orchestrated onslaught from radical Hindu mobs with full connivance and support of the security apparatus across various states in India,” the FO said in a statement.

The FO said growing mainstreaming of the reprehensible anti-Muslim sentiment and the increasing attempts at depriving the Muslims of their centuries-old places of worship citing frivolous historical claims, are nothing but the obvious outcomes of the deep-seated Islamophobia in the Indian society.

“Pakistan strongly urges the BJP leadership and the government of India to unequivocally condemn the sacrilegious comments of the BJP officials and ensure that they are held accountable through decisive and demonstrable action against them for attacking the dignity of the Holy Prophet (PBUH),” it said.

The FO said the government of India was also reminded of its obligations under international law to take immediate steps to protect its minorities from human rights violations, ensure their safety, security and well-being and allow them to profess and practice their faiths in peace.

“Pakistan calls upon the international community, including the United Nations and OIC, especially their human rights machinery, to take cognizance of and stop the dangerously rising ‘Hindutva’ inspired Islamophobia in India, and prevail upon the Indian authorities to prevent the systematic human rights violations against minorities in the country,” it said.


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