Iran criticizes India over Delhi riots, says ‘Don’t let senseless thuggery prevail’

iranian foreign minister javad zarif
iranian foreign minister javad zarif

New Delhi, March 3: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday criticised the Narendra Modi government of India for the communal clashes in Delhi and urged the Indian authorities to “not let senseless thuggery” prevail.

International community is critisizing India for the Delhi violence and are calling it fanatism

Referring to the communal clashes in North-East Delhi, Zarif condemned the “organised violence against Indian Muslims”.

As many as 47 people lost their lives and more than 200 injured in Delhi riots that happened when US president Donald Trump was in India.

“Iran condemns the wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims. For centuries, Iran has been a friend of India. We urge Indian authorities to ensure the wellbeing of ALL Indians & not let senseless thuggery prevail. Path forward lies in peaceful dialogue and rule of law,” Zarif said on Twitter on Monday night.

Zarif’s statement comes after Pakistan, Turkey and Indonesia criticised India at UNGA against the communal violence in Delhi.

Terming Delhi riots as “massacres”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised India at the UN General Assembly for the recent Delhi violence. He has also criticised the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

“India right now has become a country where massacres are widespread. What massacres? Massacres of Muslims. By who? Hindus,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara after violence broke out this week in Delhi over a citizenship law.

How will these people make global peace possible? It is impossible. When making speeches — since they have a large population — they say ‘we are strong’ but that is not strength,” Erdogan added.

The Indonesian foreign ministry on Friday summoned the Indian ambassador over the Delhi riots .

According to the Jakarta Post, the Indonesian foreign ministry called Indian ambassador Pradeep Kumar Rawat on Friday “to discuss the riots that have claimed dozens of lives”.

The newspaper reported that the foreign ministry issued a statement in which Indonesia expressed “complete confidence” on India’s ability to control the riots.

“The government of Indonesia has complete confidence that the government of India will be able to manage the situation and ensure the harmonious relations among its religious communities. Moreover, both countries share similar characteristics, as pluralistic countries that uphold democratic values and tolerance,” the ministry said.

US Senators also criticised Modi government for the violence and said that violence against peaceful protesters is never acceptable” referring to the peaceful protests in India against Citizenship law.

Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren said, “It’s important to strengthen relationship with democratic partners like India. But we must be able to speak truthfully about our values, including religious freedom and freedom of expression, and violence against peaceful protesters is never acceptable.”

Representative Pramila Jayapal tweeted, “Democracies should not tolerate division and discrimination, or promote laws that undermine religious freedom. The world is watching.’’

Representative Alan Lowenthal also castigated Trump for “failure of moral leadership” and wanted the US Government to speak out. He quoted an article from Politico that wrote, “Trump did say, though, that he had confronted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in private about his country’s treatment of Muslims.”

“The government of Indonesia has complete confidence that the government of India will be able to manage the situation and ensure the harmonious relations among its religious communities. Moreover, both countries share similar characteristics, as pluralistic countries that uphold democratic values and tolerance,” said the Indonesian foreign ministry, as quoted in the Post.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said the CAA and the proposed NRC could become a tool to target religious minorities.

Sanders on Wednesday tweeted: “Over 200 million Muslims call India home. Widespread anti-Muslim mob violence has killed at least 27 and injured many more. Trump responds by saying ‘That’s up to India’. This is a failure of leadership on human rights.”

The OIC said it “condemns the recent and alarming violence against Muslims in India, resulting in the death and injury of innocent people and the arson and vandalism of mosques and Muslim-owned properties”.

The OIC calls on Indian authorities to bring the instigators and perpetrators of these acts of anti-Muslim violence to justice and to ensure the safety and security of all its Muslim citizens and the protection of Islamic holy places across the country,” the statement said.

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