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India’s ruling party suspends BJP official over comments about Islam


India’s Bharatiya Janata Party spokeswoman Nupur Sharm has been fired after making comments about Prophet Mohammed during a debate on TV.

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India’s Bharatiya Janata Party said Sunday that it suspended Nupur Sharma, a spokeswoman for the BJP in response to remarks she made during a debate on TV about Prophet Mohammed.

In a statement posted on its website, the BJP stated that it respected all religions. “The BJP strongly condemns insult to any religious personality of any religion.”

Sharma stated on Twitter that she was responding to some comments about the Hindu god, but this was not an attempt to offend anyone’s religious beliefs.

She stated, “If I have spoken in a way that has caused distress or hurt any religious feelings whatsoever, I will unconditionally retract my statement.”

Naveen Jindal (another BJP spokesman) was expelled by the party for comments he made on Islam and social media.

Jindal stated on Twitter that he had asked questions about comments against Hindu gods. Jindal said on Twitter that he only asked them, but it does not necessarily mean he is against any religion.

The BJP also stated that the Bharatiya Janata Party was strongly against ideologies which denigrate or insult any religion or sect. These people and ideologies are not supported by the BJP.

Sharma’s comments were criticized by several Muslim nations, such as Qatar and Kuwait.

Pakistan declared in a statement that it strongly condemned demeaning remarks. It said that Pakistan had once more called on the international community “to immediately take cognizance” of India’s Islamophobia.

Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated in a statement that they had summoned Indian ambassador to discuss the comments.

Kuwait also summoned Indian Ambassador and stated it had presented a protest note to the Indian diplomat in which Kuwait rejected all statements made by the BJP official.

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry statement said that while it was pleased with the (BJP) decision to suspend him, Qatar demanded an apology and condemnation from India.