Babri Masjid case: Pakistan condemns 'shameful' acquittal of accused

Babri Masjid case: Pakistan condemns 'shameful' acquittal of accused

Islamabad (Web Desk): Pakistan on Wednesday strongly condemned shameful acquittal of those responsible for demolishing the historic Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.

Reacting to the Indian court judgment, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez, in a statement said that the Hindutva-inspired Indian judiciary miserably failed to deliver the justice again.

“If there was a semblance of justice in the so-called largest democracy, the individuals, who had boasted of the criminal act publicly, could not have been set free,” the statement said.

The FO spokesperson said this is yet another manifestation of the pliant judiciary under the extremist BJP-RSS regime in which extremist Hindutva' ideology takes precedence over all principles of justice and international norms, the Radio Pakistan reported.

Zahid Hafeez said a wrong direction was earlier set by the Indian Supreme Court's partisan verdict last year by handing over the Babri Masjid premises for building of Ram Mandir to the very Hindu parties which had demolished the historic mosque.

“These reprehensible developments with state complicity, coupled with RSS-BJP's deep-rooted hatred against minorities, particularly Muslims, point to India's fast descent into a Hindu Rashtra, where minorities have been relegated as second class citizens,” the FO spokesperson said.

Willful targeting of Muslims is rampant in today's India, he said adding that the BJP-RSS anti-Muslim agenda is most visible in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) which remains under continued military siege and the BJP continues to implement its sinister policies to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory.

Zahid Hafeez said the RSS-BJP regime and the Sangh Parivar are responsible for the continued desecration and demolition of mosques in India in an organized manner as they did during the Gujarat massacre of 2002 and Delhi pogrom in 2020.

He lamented the attacks by Hindu zealots on places of worship of Muslims have continued even during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Pakistan urges the Indian government to ensure safety, security and protection of minorities, particularly Muslims and their places of worship and other Islamic sites on which the Hindu extremists and zealots have laid claims.” the statement read.

The FO spokesperson said the world community, the United Nations and relevant international organizations are expected to play their role in safeguarding the Islamic heritage sites in India from the extremist Hindutva regime and ensure protection of religious rights of minorities in India.