Beijing: China has also jumped into the ongoing controversy over alleged controversial remarks made by two former BJP leaders on Prophet Muhammad and expressed hope that the incident can be dealt with appropriately. China said that “it believes that different civilizations, different religions should respect each other and coexist on the same level.”
Responding to a question by state-run Chinese media on the protests against alleged remarks made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, “We have looked into the relevant news. We hope that the incident concerned can be dealt with properly.” He said that it is important to discard arrogance and prejudice and everyone should respect each other’s religions.
BJP suspends two of its leaders
The BJP on June 5 suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled its Delhi unit’s media chief Naveen Kumar Jindal for his alleged remarks on Prophet Mohammad. Amid protests by Muslim groups over the remarks, the party issued a statement aimed at addressing the concerns of minorities, saying it respected all religions.
Statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs of India
The Ministry of External Affairs has said that India gives the highest respect to all religions. The ministry spokesman said last week that the objectionable tweets and comments defaming a religious personality were made by certain individuals. He had said that they do not in any way reflect the views of the Government of India and strict action has already been taken against these persons by the respective bodies.
Significantly, China is facing serious allegations of large-scale action against Uighur Muslims in its Xinjiang province. However, China has been denying these allegations.
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