1000’s of Islamists rallied Thursday and briefly scuffled with police in Pakistan’s capital, urging Muslim international locations to chop diplomatic ties with New Delhi over remarks by two officers from India’s ruling occasion that have been derogatory to the Prophet Muhammad.
The scuffles between demonstrators from the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan occasion and police erupted when the protesters tried to march towards the Indian Embassy in Islamabad however have been stopped by police. Nobody was reported harm within the melee.
Anger has been rising in Pakistan and different Muslim-majority nations since final week, when two spokespeople for India’s Bharatiya Janata Celebration made feedback seen as insulting Islam’s prophet and his spouse Aisha. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s occasion has suspended one official and expelled the opposite whereas saying it denounces insults of non secular figures.
In Pakistan, Sirajul Haq, the chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami occasion, denounced India on the rally on Thursday and requested Islamic international locations to boycott Indian merchandise and recall their envoys to point out New Delhi that Muslims won’t ever tolerate insults to Islam and its prophet.
Pakistan and India have a historical past of bitter relations. Since they gained independence from British colonial rule in 1947, the nuclear-armed nations have fought two of their three wars over the disputed Himalayan area of Kashmir, break up between them however claimed by each in its entirety.