Muslims in Pakistan have responded to U.S. Business Tycoon and Republican Party presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States with strong criticism.
Among those that condemned Trumps calls are Pakistan Ulema Council’s Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, said that Trumps comments promoted religious divisions and violence and he added that the Islamic State is a Syria problem……not a Muslim problem.
Prominent Pakistani Human Rights Lawyer Asma Jahangir compared Trump to criminal minded Mullahs who use bigotry and religiously divisive rhetoric to gain support for their own political agendas.
Trump’s proposal also drew criticism from the country with the largest Muslim population which is Indonesia. Indonesian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Armantha Nasir, commented that “as the country with the largest Muslim Population in the world, Indonesia affirms that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance”
Trump’s remarks also drew mass criticism and condemnation from home, the White House was quick to condemn his statement so was Hilary Clinton, the Democratic Party front runner, former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney and fellow Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who described trump as “unhinged”.
Trumps comments came just hours before a rally on board a US Aircraft Carrier in Charleston, South Carolina to mark the 74th Anniversary of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor that brought the U.S. into the Second World War.
He is also quoted as saying his remarks were “probably not politically correct, but I don’t care”.
Trump’s call to ban all Muslims from entering the USA “until our representatives can figure out what is going on” come in the wake of a shooting incident in San Bernadino, California last week by a Muslim couple alleged to have been radicalized by the Islamic State which saw 14 people killed and 21 injured.
The attacks are also reminiscent of last month’s shooting in Paris where gunmen attacked a stadium during a live football game and killed 129 people. It is also alleged that the attackers had links to the Islamic State.