Delhi Riots: On Monday, the number of casualties rose to 47. (Photo Credit: File Photo)
Iran on Tuesday condemned the communal violence that flared up in Delhi on February 24. Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif in a tweet said, "Iran condemns the wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims,” he tweeted. “For centuries, Iran has been a friend of India. We urge Indian authorities to ensure the well being of ALL Indians & not let senseless thuggery prevail. Path forward lies in peaceful dialogue and rule of law (sic).” He added.
On Monday, the number of casualties rose to 47. According to news agency ANI, 38 deaths were confirmed at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, three at the Lok Nayak Hospital, one at Jag Parvesh Chander Hospital and 4 at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
Iran condemns the wave of organized violence against Indian Muslims.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) March 2, 2020
For centuries, Iran has been a friend of India. We urge Indian authorities to ensure the wellbeing of ALL Indians & not let senseless thuggery prevail.
Path forward lies in peaceful dialogue and rule of law.
There are reports that several bodies that have still not been recovered from the drains and torched houses. Hence, the total death count may go up significantly. After 72 hours of utter mayhem and total collapse, there have been no incidents of fresh violence or arson from the area.
Apart from Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia and Turkey have criticised the violence in Delhi. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan last week took to Twitter to launch a veiled attack against India. Without specifically mentioning violence in Delhi, Khan said that the world must take notice and act on it. “Today in India we are seeing the Nazi-inspired RSS ideology take over a nuclear-armed state of over a billion people. Whenever a racist ideology based on hatred takes over, it leads to bloodshed,” Khan said in a series of tweets.
“As I had predicted in my address to UN GA last year, once the genie is out of the bottle the bloodshed will get worse. IOJK was the beginning. Now 200 million Muslims in India are being targeted. The world community must act now,” he further said.
Khan then went on to issue a farce warning against those indulging in violence against minorities in Pakistan. “I want to warn our people that anyone in Pakistan targeting our non-Muslim citizens or their places of worship will be dealt with strictly. Our minorities are equal citizens of this country,” Khan said on micro-blogging site.
(With Agency Inputs)