Ayodhya verdict will put more pressure on Muslims: Qureshi

Islamabad: In response to the Indian Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ayodhya title dispute case, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday said the ruling will “put more pressure on the already suppressed Muslim community”.

Earlier on Saturday, a five-judge SC constitutional bench ordered that the disputed Ayodhya land must be given to Hindus for building a temple while five acres of alternate land will be given to the Muslim community for constructing a mosque.

“The verdict by the Indian Supreme Court will put more pressure on the already suppressed Muslim community,” Qureshi told Geo News.

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“The Pakistan Foreign Office will issue an official statement on the matter after reading the details of the verdict,” he said.

Qureshi also questioned the timing of the verdict, which coincided with the inauguration of the historic Kartarpur Corridor that will pave the way for thousands of Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the revered Darbar Sahib gurdwara in Pakistan.

“The Indian Supreme Court after a long time announced the verdict today. Why did the Indian court announce the verdict today,” Qureshi asked.

Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari also questioned the timing of the verdict.

“The contrast between the Indian SC’s verdict on Babri Mosque strengthening the Hindutva creed and Pakistan’s opening of the Kartarpur Corridor — both on the same day — could not be more stark,” she tweeted.

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