Iranian Parliament Speaker calls on India to stop violence against Muslims
Tehran (IP) - Iran's Parliament Speaker said that the recent violence in India was against Indian culture and civilization, calling on India's government to resolve the tensions peacefully.
Iran Press/ Iran news: Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani expressed his concern about the recent incidents in India on Thursday, saying "India has been the land of different races, languages, rituals, and cultures. These kinds of issues contradict the spirit of Indian culture and civilization."
Referring to the recently passed law in India which forbids granting Indian citizenship to Muslim people, Larijani added that "the new law in India creates some concerns for Muslim people, while they are a part of Indian culture and society and have an important role in the development of India."
"We expect that India, using all of its capacities and capabilities, resolves the tensions peacefully," Iran's Parliament Speaker stressed.
Larijani also referred to the importance of the relationship between Iran and India, noting that "coexistence of all ethnicities and religions in India is essential."
Earlier Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif in a tweet said "Iran condemns the wave of organized 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."
Recent violence erupted in the Indian capital, leading to a three-day-long rampage, with Hindu mobs attacking Muslim homes, shops and mosques and resulted in killing and injuring hundreds of Muslims.
Police in Delhi have been accused of looking the other way as Hindu mobs attacked Muslim homes while in many cases they were found to be complicit in the assaults.
The House of Representatives of the Indian Parliament has passed a controversial bill that would accelerate the citizenship of non-Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan undermining the Indian constitution and also raised the reaction of Muslims in this country.