Delhi violence: Govt slams US body, OIC for ‘misleading’ comments

Ghughuti Bulletin

NEW DELHI: After the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) raised “grave concerns’’ over violence in Delhi, India on Thursday hit back and asked the US body, which claims to monitor religious freedom all over the world, not to make misleading remarks and politicise the issue. The government also asked the
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) not to make irresponsible statements on India’s internal issue.

“We have seen comments made by USCIRF, sections of the media and a few individuals regarding recent incidents of violence in Delhi. These are factually inaccurate and misleading, and appear to be aimed at politicising the issue,’’ MEA spokesperson
Raveesh Kumar said.

“Our law enforcement agencies are working on the ground to prevent violence and ensure restoration of confidence and normalcy. Senior representatives of the government have been involved in that process. Prime minister has publicly appealed for peace and brotherhood. We would urge that irresponsible comments are not made at this sensitive time,’’ he added.

Later, at a media briefing, the official asked the OIC not to make inaccurate and irresponsible comments. “The statements which have come out of OIC are factually inaccurate, they are selective, they are misleading. There is an effort on the ground to restore normalcy, to create confidence,” Kumar said.

The OIC had made insensitive comments in the past too and had tried to comment on India’s internal affairs, he added.

The OIC had said in its statement that 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”.

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