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Official: Anti-Muslim violence contradicts Indian culture

Tehran, March 4, 2020 (ICANA) - Special aide to the President of the Islamic parliament of Iran Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a message expressed concern over killing Muslims in India, saying anti-Muslim violence is against Indian cultural spirit.

“Organized violence against #IndianMuslims is a source of grave concern,” Amir Abdollahian wrote in his Twitter account.

“The anti-Muslim #violence contradicts the Indian cultural spirit, religious traditions,” he added.

He noted: “Expected from the Government of #India to take urgent and effective steps aimed at preventing further violence.”

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in his Twitter account: "Iran condemns the wave of organized violence against Indian Muslims, 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.”

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 was passed by the Parliament of India on 11 December 2019.

It amended the Citizenship Act of 1955 by providing a path to Indian citizenship for illegal migrants of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian religious minorities, who had fled persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before December 2014.

 Muslims from those countries were not given such eligibility.

The conflicts in New Delhi has so far claimed the lives of 46 people and injured 300 others.

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