Pakistan has strongly condemned the restrictions imposed by BJP’s Haryana government on offering Friday prayers by Muslims at several places in the state.

In a statement issued by the Foreign Office of Pakistan, Pakistan is deeply concerned over the continued vandalization of mosques and attacks against prayer places of Muslims by Sangh Parivar extremists with the complicity of BJP ruled states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

In another abhorrent act of sacrilege of Muslim religious places, radical Hindu groups reportedly dumped cow dung at several places of Friday prayers.

The spokesperson of the Foreign Office Asim Iftikhar said that the senseless attacks against Muslims and their places of worship, houses and businesses are continuing in Tripura as well despite international concern. The BJP ruled states have arrested hundreds of individuals including well-known advocates and journalists under draconian laws such as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for raising voices against gross and systematic human rights violations of minorities particularly Muslims.

In the state of Maharashtra, violent attacks were unleashed against Muslims’ shops, mosques and shrines by radical activists of BJP and its affiliated groups including Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.

Pakistan calls on the international community, particularly the United Nations and relevant international human rights and humanitarian organizations to fulfil their responsibilities to stop the rising Islamophobia and violent attacks against minorities particularly Muslims in India and ensure their safety, security and well-being and protection of their places of worship.

Meanwhile, according to media reports, a ban on Friday prayers in public places in Noida, an industrial hub outside New Delhi, angered the city’s Muslim community.

Nouman Akhtar, a cleric who used to lead the group meetings asked that we have been offering Friday prayers in a nearby park for the past five years. Why do they want to stop us from performing our prayers.

The Noida administration this week warned that companies in the city would be held responsible if Muslim employees offered prayer in public places. Muslims have been told to offer Friday prayers during work hours in mosques, or open-air enclosures, or inside company premises.

A worker at a nearby garment factory said that employees “used to offer weekly prayers at the park because there is no mosque.”

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