India hit out at Pakistan on Saturday for objecting to the timing of the Ayodhya verdict, saying Islamabad’s “pathological compulsion” to comment on its internal affairs with the obvious intent of spreading hatred is condemnable.
“We reject the unwarranted and gratuitous comments made by Pakistan on the judgement of the Supreme Court of India on a civil matter that is completely internal to India,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
“It pertains to the rule of law and equal respect for all faiths, concepts that are not part of their ethos. So, while Pakistan’s lack of comprehension is not surprising, their pathological compulsion to comment on our internal affairs with the obvious intent of spreading hatred is condemnable,” he said.
The Supreme Court in a unanimous verdict on Saturday cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot an alternative five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque at a “prominent” place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh.
MEA briefs top envoys
Top envoys of several countries, including Russia, France and Iran, were briefed by senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs on the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Ayodhya case on Saturday, sources said.
The envoys briefed were from various parts of the world ranging from Southeast Asia, South America, Africa, Europe and the Gulf, sources said. The envoys were given a heads up on facts surrounding the judgement and the historical background behind it, they said.
Some envoys of key strategic countries were briefed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale one-on-one, they said. “Although it is definitely an internal issue of India, we are very appreciative of the line of communication that the MEA fully explaining the historical background,” Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Dominican Republic Ambassador Hans Dannenberg Castellanos said.