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India informs Qatar that two anti-Islamic tweets were job of fringe elements, action has been taken against them

India in response to Qatar's objection (Image Courtesy Twitter/@ItsShubhangi)

While Qatar has raised the issue of two anti-Islamic tweets posted on social media in India, the Indian Embassy in Doha said Ambassador Dipak Mittal has conveyed that the "tweets do not, in any manner, reflect the views of the Government of India. These are the views of fringe elements". 

The embassy also said that the Indian government accords the “highest respect to all religions” in line with the country's "civilisational heritage and strong cultural traditions of unity in diversity". 

“Strong action has already been taken against those who made derogatory remarks. A statement has also been issued by concerned quarters emphasising respect for all religions, denouncing insult to any religious personality or demeaning any religion or sect,” the spokesperson of Indian embassy in Doha said. 

The embassy also said that "vested interests" that are against India – Qatar relations have been inciting the people using these derogatory comments. "We should work together against such mischievous elements who aim to undercut the strength of our bilateral ties," it stressed. 

Earlier today, the ambassador had a meeting in the Foreign Office in which Qatar raised concerns over the offensive remarks of the BJP office-bearers Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal. 

The development comes shortly after the BJP suspended Sharma from the party over her alleged derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad. The party also expelled Jindal, who heads its Delhi media, over his alleged communal remarks. 

In a press statement, the Arab country expressed its disappointment and its "total rejection and condemnation" to the controversial remarks. It also welcomed BJP's action against the two leaders. 

"The State of Qatar reaffirmed its full support for the values of tolerance, coexistence and respect for all religions and nationalities, as these values distinguish Qatar's global friendships and its relentless work to contribute to the establishment of international peace and security," Qatar's foreign ministry said. 

BJP acts tough against its leaders The BJP’s disciplinary committee, in communication to Sharma, said she has expressed views contrary to the party's position on various matters, which is in clear violation of its constitution.

"Pending further inquiry, you are suspended from the party and from your responsibilities, assignments if any, with immediate effect," it said. A communication to Jindal said that his views on social media vitiate communal harmony and are in violation of its fundamental beliefs.

"Your primary membership is immediately terminated and you are expelled from the party," the communication from its Delhi president Adesh Gupta said.

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