After Babri demolition, Pakistan condemns anti-Muslim rhetoric

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After Babri demolition Pakistan condemns anti-Muslim rhetoric. In a statement released on Wednesday, Pakistan noted that Islamophobia, hate crimes, and hate speech against Muslims are on the rise in India. This is as the 31st anniversary of the Babri mosque demolition by Hindutva mobs approaches.

In a statement issued by the Foreign Office, it was noted that today was a tragic reminder of the demolition of the historic Babri Masjid in India. As of 31 years ago, Hindu zealots in Ayodhya demolished the centuries-old mosque in full view of the Indian law enforcement authorities on this day.

It is believed that the ministry’s statement refers to the destruction of the 16th-century Babri mosque. This was destroyed by a Hindu mob in December 1992, in Ayodhya, India.

The site has been a point of contention between Hindus and Muslims for a long time. During the reign of India’s first Mughal ruler, Babur, in 1528, a mosque was constructed on the site where today’s mosque stands.

According to reports, the Hindu scripture Ramayana mentions Ayodhya – the city where the mosque was located – as the place where the Hindu god-king Ram was born.

Babri mosque is believed to have been constructed on the exact location of Lord Ram’s birthplace, according to many Hindus.

There was a dispute between Hindus and Muslims over the ownership of the site and the structure. According to the Supreme Court of Allahabad, the status quo was to be maintained in 1989.

It was in 1991, when the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in Uttar Pradesh, that the campaign to build a Ram temple began to grow.

On December 6, 1992, a group of Hindus gathered for a rally near the mosque climbed up the mosque, and came down with axes and hammers to damage its domes. A short time later, the entire structure was completely razed to the ground within a matter of minutes.

After an investigation by the Indian Supreme Court, the court, in its 2019 ruling, ruled that the land for the disputed Babri Mosque be given to the Hindus and ordered the Muslims to be allotted alternative lands in place of the destroyed Babri Mosque.

After the ruling was handed down by the top court, Modi was able to announce that the temple would be built on the site of the disputed dispute, and is scheduled to open to devotees in January 2024.

Many mosques at risk

After Babri demolition Pakistan condemns anti-Muslim rhetoric,While highlighting that Indian courts have acquitted criminals involved in this hateful act and permitted the construction of a temple on the demolished mosque site, the FO also stressed that the anti-Muslim frenzy persists.

In recent weeks, Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister publicly cited the mosque’s demolition as a template for reclaiming parts of Pakistan.

Right-wing elements in India continue to incite hatred toward Muslims […] Hindu supremacist groups want the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi and Shahi Eidgah Mosque in Mathura converted into temples,” the foreign office said.

Further, it lamented the demolition of several mosques and shrines so far under various administrative measures.

Minorities, particularly Muslims, and places of worship need safety, security, and protection in New Delhi.

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