Pakistan condemns restrictions imposed on offering Friday prayers in India

Pakistan condemns restrictions imposed on offering Friday prayers in India

Islamabad (Web Desk): Pakistan has strongly condemned the restrictions imposed by Bharatia Janta Party’s (BJP) Haryana government on offering Friday prayers by Muslims at several places in the state.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said we are also deeply concerned over continued vandalization of mosques and attacks against prayer places of Muslims by Sangh Parivar extremists with complicity of BJP ruled states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

In another abhorrent act of sacrilege of Muslim religious places, radical Hindu groups reportedly dumped cow dung at several places of Friday prayers.

“The senseless attacks against Muslims and their places of worship, houses and businesses are continuing in Tripura as well despite international concern,” the FO statement said.

In the state of Maharashtra, violent attacks were unleashed against Muslims' shops, mosques and shrines by radical activists of BJP and its affiliated groups including Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.

“Pakistan calls on the international community, particularly the United Nations (UN) and relevant international human rights and humanitarian organisations to fulfill their responsibilities to stop the rising Islamophobia,” the statement said.

The FO stressed that the violent attacks against minorities particularly Muslims in India be stopped, ensuring their safety, security and well-being and the protection of their places of worship.