Kuwait deport expats who protested over remarks against Prophet in Fahaheel

The Kuwait government has asked detectives in the country to look for expats and report them their respective embassies in order to be deported and banned from entering the Arab country in future. Kuwait deport expats who protested over remarks against Prophet in Fahaheel.

The decision comes after Arab country Kuwait saw expatriates involved in a sit-in demonstration being conducted at Fahaheel against the controversial comments made by now suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma on Prophet Mohammad. On Friday, several parts of India saw violent eruptions against Sharma’s statements, demanding strict action against her, they also demandd that she be arrested. 

Kuwait’s Fahaheel area also saw a demonstration organised after the Friday prayers in support of Prophet Muhammad, Arab News, an English-language daily newspaper published in Saudi Arabia, quoted sources as saying. Now Kuwait has issued arrest warrant for all expats who took part in the demonstrations and directed that they be deported to their respective countries, never to be allowed back in Kuwait again.

This strict action is being taken because Kuwait’s law and regulation stipulates that sit-ins or demonstrations by expats are not to be organised in the Gulf nation. The expats broke the law in organising the sit-in demonstration. “The detectives are in the process of arresting them and referring to the deportation center to be deported to their countries and will be banned from entering Kuwait again,” reported Al Rai, a Kuwaiti newspaper.

According to latest statistics, the number of Indian nationals legally residing in Kuwait has crossed the 10-lakh mark in 2019. The Indian community in Kuwait continues to grow at 5-6% per annum. The Indian community remains the largest and the most preferred community in Kuwait, the second largest expatriate community being the Egyptians, according to the Indian Embassy in Kuwait.

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The Kuwait government was one of the few countries who had summoned the Indian envoy over the remarks of the former BJP functionaries. The Kuwait Foreign Ministry said that the Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Sibi George was summoned and handed over an official protest note by the Assistant Secretary of State for Asia Affairs expressing Kuwait’s “categorical rejection and condemnation” of the statements issued by an official of the ruling party against the Prophet.

The ministry welcomed the statement issued by the ruling party in India, in which it announced the suspension of the leader. The BJP suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled its Delhi media head Naveen Kumar Jindal after their controversial remarks against the Prophet, as it sought to defuse a row over the issue.

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