PM calls Hindu extremists’ revisionism nightmare for Indian Muslims

  • Says today marks 30th anniversary of demolition of historic Babri Mosque
  • Urges world to take note of rising religious hatred in India

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday said that a process of revisionism put into motion by the Hindu extremists had become a living nightmare for Indian Muslims and other minorities.

Taking to his twitter handle on Tuesday, the prime minister referred to the 30th anniversary of demolition of historic Babri Mosque, which was razed to ground by the Hindu zealots in Ayodhya, India during 1992.

The prime minister urged the world community to take note of the rising religious hatred in India.

“Today marks the 30th anniversary of demolition of historic Babri Mosque. A process of revisionism put into motion by Hindu extremists has now become a living nightmare for Indian Muslims & other minorities. World needs to take note of rising religious hatred in India,” the prime minister posted a tweet along with pictures of the demolished mosque.

On December 6, 1992, a group of Hindu zealots razed the mosque on a disputed religious site in the state of Uttar Pradesh, triggering clashes with minority Muslims that left 2,000 people dead.

In September 2020, the Supreme Court of India acquitted 32 people accused of criminal conspiracy and inciting a mob to tear down the mosque.

Pakistan condemned the construction of a temple at the site of the Babri mosque which was torn down by mob of Hindu zealots 30 years ago.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Foreign Office called out New Delhi for acquitting the suspects and supporting the construction of the Ram Temple, which has long fuelled Hindu-Muslim tension in India, on the site.

“We condemn the ongoing construction of a Hindu temple on the site of the demolished mosque, and the acquittal of the criminals responsible for its destruction.”

The statement demanded the Indian government ensure that Babri Mosque “is rebuilt on its original site” and the criminals responsible for its “destruction are awarded befitting punishment.”

In November 2019, the Supreme Court ruled the original site will be handed over to Hindus for the construction of the temple, and a “suitable plot” of land measuring five acres would be allotted to a government-owned Muslim body either by the central government or state of Uttar Pradesh, of which Ayodhya is a part, to construct a mosque.

The Foreign Office noted that Hindu supremacist groups in India were now demanding the conversion of some other mosques into temples, including the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi. “These demands might lead to more tragedies like that of the Babri Mosque,” it added.

““There is a persistent assault on the religious freedoms of the Indian Muslims. The ruling party in India continues to incite hysteria and hatred against Muslims.”

PM welcomes SC’s suo moto on Arshad Sharif’s murder

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday welcome the suo moto notice taken by the Supreme Court on the killing of prominent journalist Arshad Sharif.

In a Twitter post, the prime minister assured that the government would extend full cooperation to the Court. “I welcome Supreme Court taking suo moto notice of the murder of journalist Arshad Sharif.”

Shehbaz Sharif mentioned that he had already written a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan for constitution a judicial commission to probe the murder.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial directed the government to register the first information report (FIR) of Arshad Sharif’s murder by tonight.

The court also sought the inquiry report of the committee formed by the government to probe the killing of Arshad Sharif.



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