India rejects Pakistan’s criticism over construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, ask Pakistan not to interfere in India’s internal matters
On Thursday India rejects Pakistan’s condemnation over the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. The ministry of external affairs (MEA) said that Pakistan should not interfere in India’s internal matters and refrain from any “communal incitement”.
On Wednesday Pakistan’s ministry of external affairs condemned the building of the temple and described the judgment by India’s Supreme Court (SC) that paved the way for the construction as “flawed”.
India’s MEA spokesperson Anuraj Srivastava, while responding to Pak criticism said that: “We have seen the press statement by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on a matter internal to India. It should desist from interfering in India’s affairs and refrain from communal incitement.”
“While this is not a surprising stance from a nation that practices cross-border terrorism and denies its own minorities their religious rights, such comments are nevertheless deeply regrettable” he added further.
India-Pakistan relations have been at an all-time low since last year’s stand-off over Pulwama terror attack on February 14 blamed on the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), an outlawed outfit.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Pakistan’s Foreign Office had said: “The flawed judgment of the Indian Supreme Court paving the way for construction of the temple not only reflected the preponderance of faith over justice but also the growing majoritarianism in today’s India, where minorities, particularly Muslims and their places of worship, are increasingly under attack.”