Islamabad: Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has officially expressed its disapproval of the consecration of the Ram Temple at the site of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, labeling it as a blot on the face of India’s democracy. In a press release issued by the office of the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the government criticized the Indian judiciary for not only absolving those responsible for the mosque’s demolition but also for permitting the construction of a temple in its place.
“A temple built on the site of a demolished mosque will remain a blot on the face of India’s democracy for the generations to come,” the press release stated. Pakistan voiced concerns over the rising influence of the ‘Hindutva’ ideology in India, emphasizing that it poses a serious threat to religious harmony and regional peace.
The ministry highlighted statements from the Chief Ministers of two major Indian states, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, who have been quoted as considering the Babri Mosque’s demolition or the inauguration of the Ram Temple as the first step towards reclaiming parts of Pakistan.
The press release lamented the demolition of the centuries-old mosque on December 6, 1992, by a mob of extremists. It criticized India’s superior judiciary for not only acquitting those responsible for the act but also for allowing the construction of a temple on the site.
Pakistan urged the international community, including the United Nations and other international organizations, to address the escalating Islamophobia, hate speech, and hate crimes in India. The government called for international intervention to protect Islamic heritage sites in India from extremist groups and to ensure the safeguarding of the religious and cultural rights of minorities.
“The United Nations and other relevant international organizations should play their part in saving the Islamic heritage sites in India from extremist groups and ensuring the protection of the religious and cultural rights of minorities in India,” the press release urged.
The statement also highlighted the developments of the last 31 years, leading up to the recent consecration ceremony, as indicative of growing majoritarianism in India. Pakistan stated that these developments constitute an important facet of ongoing efforts for the social, economic, and political marginalization of Indian Muslims.
Expressing concern over the growing list of mosques facing threats of desecration and destruction, including the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi and Shahi Eidgah Mosque in Mathura, Pakistan called upon the Government of India to ensure the safety and security of religious minorities, including Muslims and their holy places.
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Pakistan Condemns Consecration of the ‘Ram Temple’ on the Site of Demolished Babri Mosque
— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) January 22, 2024
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