Pakistan condemns ‘shameful’ acquittal of accused in Babri mosque case
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday strongly condemned the acquittal of Hindu nationalist leaders, including former deputy prime minister Lal Krishna Advani, in the Babri mosque demolition case.
The demolition, in 1992, sparked nationwide riots that killed more than 3,000 people in a decades-long dispute that has fuelled Hindu-Muslim tension, as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) campaign for Hindu renaissance helped
“Pakistan strongly condemns today’s shameful acquittal of the criminals responsible for demolishing the centuries-old Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992,” a press release issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) stated.
Handing down its verdict after a lengthy legal battle, the Indian court stated there was not enough evidence to directly tie any of the accused to the violence.
MoFA said that taking almost three decades to decide on the criminal act which, was televised live, and happened as a result of well-planned Rath Yatras and on the instigation of mobs by the accused officials of BJP, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and other leaders of Sangh Parivar, tells the world that the Hindutva-inspired Indian judiciary miserably failed to deliver justice again.
“The demolition of the mosque had resulted in BJP-led communal violence leading to thousands of killings,” the communiqué stated. “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 foreign ministry stressed that Indian court’s decision was yet another manifestation of the pliant judiciary under the extremist BJP-RSS regime in which extremist ‘Hindutva’ ideology took precedence overall principles of justice and international norms. “A wrong direction was earlier set by the Indian SC’s partisan verdict last year by handing over the Babri Masjid premises for the building of Ram Mandir to the very Hindu parties which had demolished the historic mosque,” MoFA stated.