Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari asked the United Nations (UN) to take notice of the blatant Islamophobia in BJP-led India. He also said that the government’s silence on this issue is indicating their support for these anti-Islam acts.
While talking to the President of the UNGA Abdulla Shahid via telephone Bhutto expressed grave concern over the silence of the BJP and said that it could further lead to violence and communal disorder.
Foreign Minister raised serious concerns about the derogatory and offensive remarks made by two senior officials of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Bhutto demanded the assembly take a notice of this particular state-backed Islamophobia spreading rapidly in India. He further added that these recent incidents regarding using derogatory remarks against our prophet Muhamad (PBUH) have hurt the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims across the globe.
Noting the UN’s positions on hate speech and Islamophobia, Bilawal expected that the UN forum would be utilized for constructive debate among member states.
The UNGA president underscored the important role of the General Assembly and the need for the membership to work together on the issues. The two sides agreed to remain engaged.