Muslims will not tolerate blasphemy by Indian leaders

ISLAMABAD   –   Pakistan People’s Party yesterday said India was provoking the billions of Muslims by blasphemous remarks.

The party strongly condemned derogatory remarks made by two senior officials of India’s ruling party BJP about the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Rasool Allah Khatam-un-Nabiyyin Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam.

Addressing a news conference along with PPP leader Faisal Karim Kundi in Islamabad, Minister for Poverty Alleviation, Shazia Marri said such remarks were hurting the Muslims of the world. She said India was violating human rights especially when it comes to Muslims. She said minorities particularly Muslims are being persecuted and targeted in India. Speaking on the occasion, PPP leader Faisal Karim Kundi urged the OIC member countries to take concrete actions to stop Islamophobia and such incidents. He said the Muslims will not tolerate the blasphemy by the Indian leaders and will take the issue to every forum. Shazia Marri meanwhile, announced that an SMS Services, 786 , has been opened from June 6 for registration of poor households for giving targeted subsidy of 2000 rupees per household. Shazia Marri clarified that eight million beneficiaries of Benazir Income Support Programme, who are already registered with the government, would automatically start receiving this targeted subsidy of 2000 rupees from next week besides the amount they are already receiving under the BISP.

The Minister urged the poor and deserving people to get them registered by sending their Computerized National Identity Card Number to 786 for getting targeted subsidy of 2000 rupees. Shazia Marri said that the ultimate goal of the present government is to support the poor and the vulnerable especially in the current economic situation. The federal minister also expressed her desire to share the knowledge with the countries who want to initiate such Social Protection programs. Pakistan is also keen to learn from international best practices to provide social protection to vulnerable communities and help them to graduate out of poverty, she said. She appreciated the role of the World Bank, as a major development partner, in providing continuous and valuable support to BISP.

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