According to the Pakistani foreign office, anti-Azaan (Muslims’ call to prayer) protests outside mosques in the Indian state of Karnataka on Tuesday were a “new level of religious fanaticism.”
According to rights groups and minority activists, religious freedom in India has worsened significantly under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist regime. Modi’s government disputes that Muslims or other religious minorities are discriminated against.
Last month, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom added India to its list of “countries of particular concern.”
For the third year in a running, the panel, which is constituted to provide recommendations but does not influence US policy, has expressed widespread concern over South Asia.
“The most terrible occurrences include the playing of Hanuman Chalisa and other Hindu devotional songs on loudspeakers as a counter to the Muslims’ call to prayer at many mosques in the Indian state of Karnataka,” the Pakistani foreign office said in a statement.
According to the allegation, it was only a day after the Sri Ram Sena chairman made the disgusting demand for “drowning” the Azaan by playing disrespectful renditions of Hanuman Chalisa and other Hindu religious hymns.
“It is terrible that Hindu extremist organizations in Karnataka have launched the despicable ‘Azan se Azaadi’ campaign, which shows the new degree of religious radicalism in the BJP-ruled India,” according to the statement.
Islamabad has urged India’s government to investigate cases of widespread violence against minorities, particularly Muslims, and their places of worship in a transparent manner and to take action to avoid similar incidents from occurring again.
It went on to say that the Indian government must safeguard the safety, security, and well-being of minorities.
The foreign office encouraged the international community to pay attention to the worsening situation of Islamophobia in India and to play its part in protecting the religious freedom and safety of Muslims in the country.