INDIA. MUMBAI: While over 15 West Asian countries have sent official messages to India condemning suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s alleged derogatory remarks over Prophet Mohammed, Geert Wilders, the Dutch lawmaker, has supported her, saying India should not have apologized over the matter.
After the al-Qaeda threat to Nupur Sharma, a far-right Dutch MP, Geert Wilders, has come out with a couple of tweets supporting Sharma. He said that “Appeasement never works,” he said. It will only make matters worse. So, my dear Indian friends, don’t be afraid of Islamic countries. Stand up for freedom and defend your politician #Nupur [email protected] for speaking the truth about Muhammad.
“It is ridiculous that Arab and Islamic countries are outraged at Indian politician #[email protected] for speaking the truth about #ProphetMuhammad, who married Aisha when she was six and consumed the marriage when she was nine.” “Why is India apologizing?” He continued. “Go to hell, is my message to them. You have no moral compass. We fight for the truth. We fight for liberty”, He further said.
After Wednesday’s meeting, Iranian Foreign Minister Hussain Amir Abdollahian tweeted, “pleased to meet PM Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and other Indian officials to advance our bilateral strategic dialogue.” Tehran and New Delhi agree on respecting divine religions and Islamic sanctuaries and avoiding divisive statements to take relations to new heights.
However, back home, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah exhorted the three Khans of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Aamir Khan, to keep quiet over the Prophet controversy. In a TV interview, the actor said that these prominent actors ”had too much to lose” and therefore couldn’t speak about the topic.
“I am unable to speak for them. I am not in the same situation as they are. I believe they believe they are taking too big a risk. But I’m not sure how they explain it to their conscience about it.”
In the meanwhile, the Bhiwandi (near Mumbai) city police have served a notice to Naveen Kumar Jindal, suspended media head of the Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP) ‘s Delhi unit, asking him to be present before the police station on June 15 in a case of hurting religious sentiments by making derogatory comments on Prophet Mohammed. An FIR has been registered on a complaint given by Maulana Mohamed Noori, 48, an Imam by profession and resident of Bhiwandi.