The controversy over the BJP spokesperson’s remarks against the Prophet has expanded to 14 countries, and now the Taliban-led Afghan government has joined the chorus.
“We urge the Indian government not to allow such fanatics to insult the holy religion of Islam and provoke the feelings of Muslims,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated.
As more countries condemned the now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s remarks about the Prophet, the Taliban-led Afghan government entered into the debate to lecture India about “fanatics.”
Mujahid further said, “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan strongly condemns the use of derogatory words against the Prophet of Islam (Peace be upon him)by an official of the ruling party in India.”
Currently, 14 countries, including Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain, the Maldives, Libya, and Indonesia, have condemned and rejected the remarks.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan strongly condemns the use of derogatory words against the Prophet of Islam (Peace be upon him)by an official of the ruling party in India. 1/2
— Zabihullah (..ذبـــــیح الله م ) (@Zabehulah_M33) June 6, 2022
Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister, also slammed the statements, saying, “I condemn in strongest possible words hurtful comments of India’s BJP leader about our beloved Prophet (PBUH). Have said it repeatedly India under Modi is trampling religious freedoms & persecuting Muslims. World should take note & severely reprimand India. Our love for the > Our love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is supreme. All Muslims can sacrifice their life for the Love & Respect of their Holy Prophet (PBUH).”
I condemn in strongest possible words hurtful comments of India's BJP leader about our beloved Prophet (PBUH). Have said it repeatedly India under Modi is trampling religious freedoms & persecuting Muslims. World should take note & severely reprimand India. Our love for the >
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) June 5, 2022
The controversy over the issue began when a video of Nupur Sharma making the remarks went viral on social media, prompting harsh criticism from Gulf countries and the summoning of Indian envoys by their respective foreign ministries. Qatar, Iran, and Kuwait called their Indian envoys on Sunday to express their displeasure with the remarks made regarding the Prophet.
As the issue gathered traction on social media, requests were made in several countries to boycott Indian products. According to reports, Indian products have been removed from Kuwaiti shelves.
The Indian government quickly took notice of the situation, and the BJP suspended Nupur Sharma, stating that her words did not reflect the views of the Indian government and were only made by “fringe elements.”
Violence erupted earlier this week in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, after a Muslim organization called for the closure of stores in Parade Market in response to Nupur Sharma’s remarks. During the clashes, at least 40 individuals were hurt, including 20 police officers, according to the police.
Opposition parties urged that Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal be arrested and accused the BJP of tarnishing the country’s image, increasing pressure for legal action against them.
Instead of staging a “drama of action,” the Congress slammed the BJP, demanding the immediate arrest of those who have defamed India at the international level. The Congress demanded to know why those who made disrespectful statements had not yet been arrested, saying it was unacceptable for the country to apologize for such mistakes.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Divided internally, India becomes weak externally. BJP’s shameful bigotry has not only isolated us but also damaged India’s standing globally.”
The arrest of the BJP functionaries and said the country’s image has been tarnished at an international level.
The AIMIM also urged the immediate arrest of BJP officials, claiming that the country’s image has been tarnished worldwide as a result of the BJP’s “wrong policies.”
Manish Sisodia, a member of the Aam Aadmi Party and the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, claimed that the BJP has pushed the country to a point where “small countries are now challenging the great nation of India.”
The opposition parties targeted the prime minister and the BJP after the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned India for the comments made by two BJP functionaries and even requested the UN to take necessary action to guarantee that Muslims’ rights are protected in India.