Hefazat protests anti-Islam remarks by BJP leaders

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has suspended two of its leaders in response to comments made on the Prophet (PBUH)

Hefazat-e-Islam has held a demonstration in Dhaka protesting BJP leaders’ derogatory remarks on the Prophet (PBUH).

The group staged the protest before Baitul Mukarram mosque on Thursday, braving rainfall.

Several central leaders of the organization, including Nayeb-e-Amir Mizanur Rahman, were present there.

Secretary General Sazidur Rahman said Hefazat condemned BJP leaders’ comments on the Prophet (PBUH) and his wife. “Devout Muslims love the Prophet (PBUH) more than their lives. They will never tolerate the insulting comments on him,” he added.

India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Sunday it had suspended its spokeswoman Nupur Sharma in response to comments she made during a TV debate about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Sharma said on Twitter she had said some things in response to comments made about a Hindu god but she had no intention to hurt anyone's religious feelings.

"If my words have caused discomfort or hurt religious feelings of anyone whatsoever, I hereby unconditionally withdraw my statement," she said.

Another BJP spokesman Naveen Jindal had been expelled from the party over comments he had made about Islam on social media, the BJP office said.

Jindal said on Twitter he had questioned some comments made against Hindu gods. "I only questioned them but that does not mean I am against any religion."

The BJP statement also said: "The Bharatiya Janata Party is also strongly against any ideology which insults or demeans any sect or religion. The BJP does not promote such people or philosophy."

Sharma's comments prompted complaints from several Muslim countries, including Qatar and Kuwait.