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Qatar Summons Indian Envoy Over Controversial remarks by BJP officials

The Qatar foreign ministry on Sunday summoned Indian ambassador Deepak Mittal and handed him an official note, expressing disappointment and total rejection and condemnation of controversial remarks made against Prophet Mohammed by BJP officials Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal. 

While the authorities in Qatar welcomed the ruling government’s move to suspend Sharma and expel Jindal, they also made clear their expectation of a public apology and immediate condemnation of the controversial statements. 

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They pointed 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.”

The note also stated 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.”

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Following this, the Indian Embassy in Qatar said that Mittal has conveyed that the “tweets do not, in any manner, reflect the views of the Government of India. These are the views of fringe elements”.

“In line with our civilisational heritage and strong cultural traditions of unity in diversity, Government of India accords the highest respect to all religions. Strong action has already been taken against those who made the derogatory remarks,” read a statement by the embassy. 

“Vested interests that are against the India-Qatar relations have been inciting the people using these derogatory comments. We should work together against such mischievous elements who aim to undercut the strength of our bilateral ties,” it added. 

Following this, the Indian Embassy in Qatar said that Mittal has conveyed that the “tweets do not, in any manner, reflect the views of the Government of India. These are the views of fringe elements”.

“In line with our civilisational heritage and strong cultural traditions of unity in diversity, Government of India accords the highest respect to all religions. Strong action has already been taken against those who made the derogatory remarks,” read a statement by the embassy. 

“Vested interests that are against the India-Qatar relations have been inciting the people using these derogatory comments. We should work together against such mischievous elements who aim to undercut the strength of our bilateral ties,” it added. 

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