Pakistan briefs OIC resident ambassadors on Babri Mosque issue

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation consists of 57 member states. (AFP file photo)
Updated 13 November 2019

Pakistan briefs OIC resident ambassadors on Babri Mosque issue

  • The country’s foreign office says the mosque’s demolition was on the OIC agenda since 1992
  • Claims that Indian court’s verdict “failed to uphold the demands of justice”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood on Wednesday briefed the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s resident ambassadors in Islamabad on the Indian Supreme Court’s verdict regarding the historic Babri Mosque in Ayodhya that was demolished by a Hindu mob in December 1992.

According to an official handout circulated by the country’s foreign ministry, Mahmood gave an overview of the events leading to the verdict while pointing out that the court’s decision “failed to uphold the demands of justice, shredded the veneer of so-called secularism of India, and further illustrated the vulnerabilities of the minorities in India, particularly Muslims, in the face of extremist ‘Hindutva’ ideology.”

“Contrary to Indian claims of this being an ‘internal’ matter,” the foreign office said in its statement, “the Babri Masjid demolition has remained on the agenda of the OIC since 1992. The OIC has also addressed this issue in numerous resolutions and declarations, including at the Summit level.”


Pakistan to present resolution at OIC in wake of Islamophobic campaign in France

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Pakistan to present resolution at OIC in wake of Islamophobic campaign in France

  • Pakistan summons French envoy “to lodge strong protest against recent Islamophobic diatribe,” foreign office says
  • Condemns in "strongest manner the systematic resurgence of blasphemous acts of republication of caricatures of the Holy Prophet (pbuh)”

ISLAMABAD:On the instructions of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Monday a resolution would be presented at the next meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, proposing to observe 15th March as an international day against Islamophobia.

Qureshi’s remarks came as Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Monday summoned French ambassador Marc Baréty as anger spread in the South Asian nation over President Emmanuel Macron’s reaction to the murder last week of a French teacher by a Muslim who wanted to avenge the use of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) in a class on freedom of expression.

On Sunday, in an open letter on Twitter, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called on Facebook to ban “Islamophobic content” on its platform, hours after he accused the French president of “attacking Islam”.

On Monday, FM Qureshi urged the United Nations to take notice and act against the campaign against Islam, saying there was resentment world over due to the resurgence of the blasphemous caricatures.

“Nobody has the right to hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims under the garb of freedom of expression. Irresponsible statement of the French President has added fuel to the fire,” Qureshi said. “Hate speech is on the rise. The Prime Minister raised his voice against hate speech and Islamophobia at the UN General Assembly this year.”

Foreign office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri told Arab News the french ambassador to Pakistan was summoned to the Foreign Office to lodge "strong protest against the recent Islamophobic diatribe,” saying Baréty was handed over a ‘dossier’ by the special secretary for Europe on Monday.

On Wednesday, Macron had vowed not to “give up cartoons” depicting Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), saying that Samuel Paty, the teacher who was beheaded for showing the blasphemous sketches, was “killed beca­use Islamists want our future”.

“Pakistan condemns in the strongest manner the systematic resurgence of blasphemous acts of republication of caricatures of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and desecration of the Holy Quran by certain irresponsible elements in some developed countries,” foreign office said in a statement.