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Shops in Kuwait remove Indian products after official's sacrilegious remarks against Prophet Muhammad

Superstores in Kuwait remove Indian products from their shelves after sacrilegious remarks against the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) by an official in India's ruling party prompted calls on social media to boycott Indian goods.

Persian Gulf countries on Sunday condemned the remarks made by the spokesperson for the Indian prime minister that were described as "Islamophobic."

"We as a Kuwaiti Muslim people do not accept insulting the Prophet," says the CEO of Ardiya Co-operative Society. 

Workers at the Ardiya Co-Operative Society store piled Indian tea and other products into trolleys in a protest against comments denounced as "Islamophobic."

Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries in the region, as well as the influential Al-Azhar University in Cairo, have condemned the remarks by a spokeswoman for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, who has since been suspended.

At the supermarket just outside Kuwait City, sacks of rice and shelves of spices and chilies were covered with plastic sheets. Printed signs in Arabic read: "We have removed Indian products."

"We, as a Kuwaiti Muslim people, do not accept insulting the Prophet," Nasser al-Mutairi, CEO of the store, said. An official at the chain said a company-wide boycott was being considered.

The inflammatory comments by Bharatiya Janata Party spokeswoman Nupur Sharma against the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) have sparked furor among Muslims. 

Sharma's remarks during a televised debate last week were blamed for clashes in an Indian state and prompted demands for her arrest. Anger spread overseas to Muslim countries about the remarks.

Modi's party, which has frequently been accused of acting against the country's Muslim minority, on Sunday suspended Sharma for expressing "views contrary to the party's position" and said it "respects all religions." 

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