As Prophet remark snowballs, here's a list of nations that have officially raised issue

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi
Jun 06, 2022 11:01 PM IST

The BJP on Sunday suspended party spokesperson Nupur Sharma, and expelled its Delhi unit media cell head Naveen Kumar Jindal over their controversial remarks against Prophet Mohammed. The party said that their views were in violation of the BJP's fundamental beliefs.

Sharp reactions continue to pour in from Muslim nations against controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammed by now-axed spokespersons of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal. Oman, UAE, Maldives, Indonesia and Jordan became the latest entrants to the list.

Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal.
Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal.

While the government and the saffron camp have been quick to distance itself from the comments with the latter taking swift actions against Sharma and Jindal. In a statement, the BJP also said that it respects every religion and “strongly denounces the insult of any religious personalities of any religion”.

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Both Sharma and Jindal have also apologised for their comments and said that their intention was not to hurt any religious sentiment. While Sharma said constant humiliation of Lord Shiva made her react “out of rage”, Jindal clarified that he was only asking a question and it does not mean he is against any religion.

India has responded to being lashed out, including the views of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) - a conglomerate of as many as 57 Islamic nations. In a statement put out by the foreign ministry, India rejected the OIC's remarks as “unwarranted” and “narrow-minded".

“The offensive tweets and comments denigrating a religious personality were made by certain individuals. They do not, in any manner, reflect the views of the Government of India," the statement added.

Here is a list of countries that have so far protested the remarks against Prophet Mohammed:

1. Qatar

2. Saudi Arabia

3. Kuwait

4. Jordan

5. Oman

6. United Arab Emirates

7. Pakistan

8. Afghanistan

9. Bahrain

10. Maldives

11. Indonesia

12. Libya

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