On Wednesday Pakistan condemned the “highly provocative and sacrilegious remarks made against the Holy Prophet (PBUH)” by Raja Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The foreign office noted how this was the second time in three months that a senior BJP functionary had passed such remarks. “These highly derogatory remarks have gravely hurt the feelings of the people of Pakistan and billions of Muslims around the world. The token and perfunctory disciplinary action taken by the BJP against the said official cannot assuage the pain and anguish caused to the Muslims of India and around the world. It is highly reprehensible that Mr. Singh was released on bail within hours of arrest and was welcomed by BJP zealots.”
Pakistan said the incident was representative of India’s spite for Muslims and the “worrying trajectory of Islamophobia in India”.
The foreign office also noted that India was becoming an undeclared ‘Hindu Rashtra’ where Muslims were victims by routinely denigrated, dispossessed and marginalised and their religious beliefs are trampled under majoritarian hegemonism.