Beijing: China has also jumped into the fray over alleged remarks made by two former BJP leaders on the Prophet Muhammad and hopes that the incident will be dealt with properly. China believes that “different cultures, different religions should respect each other and live together on the same level.”
Responding to a question from the official Chinese media on the protests against the alleged remarks of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenben said, “We have reviewed the relevant news. We are hopeful. He said that arrogance and prejudice must be abandoned and everyone should respect each other’s religions.
The BJP suspended two of its leaders.
The BJP on June 5 suspended its national spokesperson Nopur Sharma and fired its Delhi unit media chief Naveen Kumar Jundal for his alleged comments on the Prophet of Islam. Amid protests by Muslim groups over the comments, the party issued a statement aimed at addressing the concerns of minorities, saying it respects all religions.
Statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs of India
The Foreign Ministry has said that India has the highest respect for all religions. A ministry spokesman said last week that objectionable tweets and comments defaming a religious figure had been made by some individuals. He had said that they did not reflect the views of the Government of India in any way and strict action had already been taken against them by the concerned agencies.
Significantly, China faces serious allegations of large-scale crackdowns on Uighur Muslims in its Xinjiang province. However, China has denied the allegations.
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