Islamabad: Pakistan strongly condemned the High Commission of Islamabad, India on Wednesday, as the incident reportedly included scornful social media posts from most Hindu extremists from Bangalore, Karnataka about the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, the offensive post against Islam has hurt Muslims and reflects the rising Islamophobia and targeting of the minority communities in India. The Indian police instead of preventing this hate crime against Muslims and Islam, used brute force, killed at least three protesters, and injured many more. As an added injustice, the Muslim community in the area is being falsely framed for alleged vandalism and assault on police personnel.
The rising incidents of religious hate crime in India are a direct and inescapable consequence of the RSS-BJP combine’s extremist ideology of ‘Hindutva’.
People expressed concern about the incident and Pakistani civil society called for justice for India’s Muslim communities.
Pakistan is calling on the Indian government to investigate the incident and take immediate action against the perpetrators of religious hatred. It also called on the Indian government to ensure the safety, security and welfare of minorities, especially Muslims, and to take measures to ensure hate speech and Islamophobic crimes and the protection of the religious rights of Muslims.
The international community, the United Nations and relevant international organizations must play a role in the wave of Islamophobia in India and ensure that practical steps are taken to protect the rights of ethnic minorities and religions in India.