ISLAMABAD: Sporadic protests against an Indian court’s verdict on the Ayodhya title suit were reported from some Pakistani cities on Thursday as the Religious Affairs Minister, Mr Hamid Saeed Kazmi claimed the ruling favoured the Hindu community.
A traders’ organisation organised a protest in the central city of Multan against the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court’s order to split the disputed holy site between Hindus and Muslims.
The members of the organisation shouted slogans against the court’s ruling. The Sunni Tehrik organised a protest at Hyder Chowk in the southern city of Hyderabad. Dozens of protesters shouted slogans and burnt tyres.
Members of the Sunni Tehrik rejected the court’s verdict, saying it went against the wishes of Muslims.
They said they would organise more protests if the Pakistan government accepts the court’s ruling.
They also called on the government to sever diplomatic and economic ties with India.
At both Multan and Hyderabad, the protestors burnt effigies and posters of Indian leaders.
In Islamabad, Mr Kazmi said the Indian court had issued a “political verdict” on the Babri mosque issue that was “totally in favour of the Hindu community”.
Muslims in India have been deprived of their rights due to the one-sided decision on the Mosque, Kazmi told state-run PTV.
Some religious leaders condemned the court’s verdict, saying it disclosed the real face of India.
“We condemn this verdict. We reject it as well. This will create resentment on an international level,” said Mr Sahibzada Fazle Karim, a senior member of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan.
The Organisation of the Islamic Conference should take serious steps on the issue, he contended. Noted cleric Allama Abbas Kumaili described the decision as unjustified.
“We condemn the court’s verdict,” he said. He claimed the court was under the “influence of the majority Hindus”.
“It is a diplomatic decision,” said Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chief Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman. He said Indian Muslims should keep the peace.
“I appeal to Indian Muslims not to take to violence. The way of protests should be peaceful,” he added.