Islamabad: Sporadic protests against an
Indian court`s verdict on the Ayodhya title suit were reported
from some Pakistani cities today as Religious Affairs Minister
Hamid Saeed Kazmi claimed the ruling favoured the Hindu
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
At both Multan and Hyderabad, the protestors burnt
effigies and posters of Indian leaders.
In Islamabad, Religious Affairs Minister Kazmi said
the Indian court had issued a "political verdict" on the Babri
mosque issue that was "totally in favour of the Hindu
Muslims in India have been deprived of their rights
due to the one-sided decision on the Mosque, Kazmi told
"The court cited Babri mosque as the birthplace of
(Lord) Ram and recommended a little piece of land for Muslims
like a donation," he said.
The decision to distribute the land among Muslims and
Hindus is complicated and will create problems for the
faithful in offering prayers, he claimed. He asked Indian
Muslims to file an appeal in the Supreme Court and to make
more efforts to protect their rights.
"In Pakistan, we have always raised our voice against
any injustice with the minority communities, while in India,
the state is not showing solidarity with the Muslims," he
Kazmi asked people from all walks of life to raise
their voice against the "unjust decision".
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
Sahibzada Fazle Karim, a senior member of the Jamiat
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.