Ayodhya Verdict has shredded veneer of so-called Indian secularism: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has voiced deep concern over the decision of the Indian Supreme Court regarding the historic Babri Masjid, saying that it has once again failed to uphold the demands of justice.

Earlier in the day, the Indian Supreme Court in its verdict in Ayodhya Case ruled in favour of the Hindus and said that a temple will be constructed on the disputed land.

Responding to the judgment, the Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said that as the United Nations recently noted that the Indian Supreme Court’s response to human rights petitions in the context of the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir was slow, this decision points out that when it acts, it is unable to protect the interests of India’s minorities.

Dr Faisal said that the Ayodhya verdict has shredded the veneer of so-called secularism of India by making clear that minorities in India are no longer safe; they have to fear for their beliefs and for their places of worship. He said that a process of re-writing history is underway in India in order to recast it in the image of a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ in pursuance of the Hindutva ideology. It is also fast affecting India’s major institutions.

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The Spokesperson said that the rising tide of extremist ideology in India, based on the belief of Hindu supremacy and exclusion, is a threat to regional peace and stability.

Dr Mohammad Faisal said that the Indian government should ensure the protection of Muslims, their lives, rights and properties and avoid being yet again a silent spectator of Muslims becoming the victims of Hindu extremists and zealots.

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Furthermore, he said that the International Community, the United Nations and other human rights organizations in particular should play their role by restraining India from its pursuit of an extremist ideology and to ensure equal rights and protection of the minorities in India.