FM Qureshi writes to OIC over growing hate crimes against Muslims in India

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has written letters to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General and his counterparts in the 57-member body to draw their attention towards the rising wave of state sanctioned hate crimes and Islamophobia in India.

A statement issued by the Foreign Office on Tuesday said “Among other things, the foreign minister has sensitised them towards this hate-mongering as part of the RSS-BJP dispensation’s anti-Muslim and anti-minority agenda, based on the extremist ‘Hindutva’ ideology.”

“The rising wave of state-sanctioned hate crimes and Islamophobia in India has emerged not only as a threat to Indian Muslims but is also a matter of grave concern for the Muslim world at large,” FM Qureshi was quoted as saying by the FO.

Expression of hatred against Muslims in India has become more pronounced during the pandemic. Hospitals have refused to treat Muslim patients, neighbourhoods have discussed stopping Muslims from entering them and people have been removed from jobs.

“Hate speech is being practised in India. Muslims are being discriminated against. They are not even being treated properly in hospitals,” said Qureshi in the video.

“There’s a campaign not to buy from their shops and businesses. Their houses were and are being attacked.

The Foreign Minister said we welcome concerns of OIC against biases of Indian government against Muslims.

He called upon OIC to highlight this issue on International forums, including Human Rights commission.

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