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Delhi slaps demarche on Iran over Kashmir criticism

October 3, 2010

New Delhi has lodged a strong diplomatic protest with Tehran after the Iranian foreign ministry condemned Indian action against protesters in Jammu and Kashmir. These demonstrations had been provoked by an Iranian channel, Press TV, which showed clips of alleged desecration of the Koran in the US.

While India banned the channel from being broadcast in J&K after over 20 people were killed in the protests on September 13, Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast spoke out against the Indian government five days later and went to the extent of saying that to counter such protests could be “interpreted as supporting acts of sacrilege.” On September 18, Mehmanparast said it was “perfectly acceptable for Muslims to react to the desecration of the Koran” and called upon the Indian government to show “self-restraint”.

His remarks were read in New Delhi alongside the negative media commentary in Iran on banning Press TV in J&K and the action against protesters.

The constant outrage from Tehran upset New Delhi, which finally decided to call in the Iranian envoy to the Ministry of External Affairs and deliver a strong protest. The same was conveyed simultaneously by the Indian mission in Tehran to Iranian authorities.

India, sources said, made it clear that maintaining law and order in Jammu and Kashmir was India’s internal matter and Iran had no right to interfere or comment on these issues. More so, officials here say, Press TV allegedly showed clips that were “unverified”. The comments made by Iran and the subsequent protests were against the healthy momentum building up in the relationship during the past few months. In fact, Iran has proposed a trilateral meeting between India, Iran and Afghanistan and the first meeting was being planned on the sidelines of the UNGA but sources added that the Kashmir issue was “too sensitive” for India at the moment. More so, the Organisation of Islamic Countries also issued a statement in New York on the situation in Kashmir, whch was critical of the Indian government.

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4 comments

  1. thanx iran to support kashmir
    india teri mout ayi lashkar ayi lashkar ayi
    kashmeer baneyga pakistan
    pakistan paindabad


  2. pakistan ban gaya hindustan mitna baaki hai
    pakistan paindabad


  3. hindustan banay ga PAKISTAN 🙂
    INSHAALLAH


    • INSHA ALLAH
      ~Q~



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