Pakistan condemns ‘unfair demolition’ of historic mosque in India
Pakistan on Wednesday condemned the ‘unfair demolition’ of a historic mosque in the Indian state of Haryana, calling it another attack on the human rights of the Indian Muslim minority.
The Foreign Office statement comes after reports emerged that the Indian administration had demolished the ancient Bilal Mosque in the Faridabad area of Haryana.
“Pakistan strongly condemns the BJP government in Haryana for unjustly demolishing the ancient Bilal Mosque in collaboration with the judiciary, which has a soft spot for the Hindu nationalist party,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmed said.
“The mosque was demolished with the connivance of government officials. The Hindutva ideology-promoting BJP and the RSS are constantly targeting Muslims and their places of worship, the so-called largest democracy,” the statement said.
The spokesman recalled that the Indian Supreme Court had in November 2019 made a controversial decision to build a temple after demolishing the Babri Masjid.
He said that the Indian judiciary was also guilty of acquitting the culprits who had demolished the Babri Masjid in public.
Ahmed said that during the anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat in 2002 and in Delhi in February 2020, Muslims and their places of worship were attacked with state co-operation and no judicial accountability was held.
Asim Iftikhar Ahmed said that Muslims, their religious sites and cultural heritage continue to be targeted in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and India.
“Pakistan has been urging the international community, especially the United Nations, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and relevant human rights organisations to hold India accountable for systematic and clear human rights violations against minorities, especially Muslims,” he added.
“We urge India to ensure the safety, security and well-being of its minorities, including Muslims, their places of worship and cultural sites,” he said.
Indian government demolished the ancient Bilal Mosque in Haryana. pic.twitter.com/tHbo3Qiau0
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) August 23, 2021
Another video is surfacing on social media where five Hindutva extremists are seen assaulting a Muslim man and asking him to go to Pakistan.
The victim seems to be a beggar and appears to be seeking alms. The incident reportedly took place in district Ajmer of Rajasthan.
This is in Chandrvardai Nagar, Ajmer, Rajasthan.
"Pakistan jaa," this man says as he slaps a Muslim beggar with his two children. In the video, he kicks on the head of the young boy.
— Hussain Haidry (@hussainhaidry) August 23, 2021
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