Pakistan condemns ‘unfair demolition’ of former mosque in Haryana, India

Pakistan condemns ‘unfair demolition’ of former mosque in Haryana, India

Pakistan on Tuesday condemned the “unjust demolition” of a former mosque in the Indian state of Haryana, calling it another attack on the human rights of the Indian Muslim minority.

The statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs came after Indian authorities, according to reports, demolished the Bilal Grand Mosque in Faridabad, Haryana, which is ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“Pakistan strongly condemns the unjust demolition of the former Bilal mosque in Haryana, ruled by BJP, by the Indian authorities together with the flexible judiciary under the BJP-RSS regime,” said FO spokesman Asim Iftikhar Ahmad.

The statement called the “perpetual attack by the Hindutva-driven BJP-RSS combination against Muslims and their places of worship” as an “indelible stain on the so-called ‘greatest democracy'”.

He recalled that the Supreme Court of India, in a controversial ruling in November 2019, had allowed “extremist Hindu parties” to build Ram Mandir on the site of the historic Babri Masjid, which was demolished by Hindu extremists in 1992.

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“The Indian judiciary was also guilty of acquitting the criminals who had organized the destruction of Babri Masjid in public,” he added.

The FO further said that Muslims and their places of worship were targeted “with the complicity of the state” during the anti-Muslim pogroms in Gujarat in 2002 and in Delhi in February 2020, without any judicial responsibility.

Attacks on Muslims and their religious sites and cultural heritage “continue unabated” in Indian-occupied Kashmir and in India, he added.

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The FO urged the international community, the United Nations, the OIC and relevant human rights organizations to “hold India accountable for the systematic and flagrant violations of the human rights of minorities, particularly Muslims.”

“We call on India to ensure the safety and well-being of its minorities, including Muslims and their places of worship and cultural sites,” he said.

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