Pakistan has strongly condemned the commencement of construction of a temple on the site of Babri Masjid in India, saying that the world is fighting the Corona epidemic and India is pursuing the Hindustan agenda.
The Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement that the Pakistani government and people strongly condemned the commencement of construction of the temple on the site of Babri Masjid on May 26.
The spokesperson said that the construction of the temple is a continuation of the decision of the Indian Supreme Court dated November 9, 2019. Indian Supreme Court decision fails to meet justice requirements, denial of religious freedom to Indian minorities exposes false claims of Indian secularism.
It may be recalled that on November 9, 2019, the Supreme Court of India, while ruling in the Babri Masjid case, handed over the land of the mosque to the Hindus and ordered the central government to build a temple.
A five-member bench of the Supreme Court of India headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Ganguly ruled in the Babri Masjid case. The five-member bench also included Muslim Judge S Abdul Nazir.
Background of Babri Masjid
In 1528, during the Mughal rule, the Babri Masjid was built in the present day city of Ayodhya in India, with reference to which Hindus claim that Rama was born at this place and there was a temple here before the mosque.
The situation remained the same till the partition of the subcontinent, during which Hindu-Muslim disputes over the Babri Masjid issue continued and the British suppressed the issue by handing over the interior of the mosque to the Muslims and the exterior to the Hindus.
In 1992, Hindu extremists from all over India gathered in Ayodhya and martyred the 16th century Babri Masjid on December 6 in the presence of thousands of security personnel.
The government locked the doors of the mosque, calling it a disputed place due to Muslim-Hindu riots, after which several rounds of talks were held to resolve the issue and the matter reached the Supreme Court, which has now handed over the mosque land to Hindus.