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Babri Masjid Verdict Is ‘Unfair, ‘Disappointing’: Popular Front of India

Popular Front of India (PFI) on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction over the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Babri Masjid case, calling it as ‘unfair’.

In a statement released in reaction to the verdict, PFI’s General Secretary Mohammad Ali Jinnah said, “The apex court has reiterated the facts that Masjid was not constructed after demolishing any temple and agreed that the placing of idols in the Masjid in 1949 and demolition of the Masjid in 1992 were violations of law. But unfortunately, contrary to these approved facts, the entire land of the demolished Masjid is handed over for temple construction. The court direction to give alternate land to Muslims for Masjid is insignificant and bears no justice.”

“We apprehend that this judgment by the apex court has serious repercussions not only on the minority rights but also on the very foundational principles enshrined in the Indian constitution. The world was witness to the various incidents of organised vandalism against Babri Masjid ultimately leading to its demolition. The promise by the then Prime Minister that the Masjid will be rebuilt in the same land still remains unfulfilled.”

Retreating its earlier message, which called for the maintenance for peace and harmony all over the country, PFI said that it stands with All India Muslim Personal Law Board and UP Sunni Waqf Board in their future struggle for the restoration of justice.

More than two decades after it was destroyed by marauding Hindu mobs, the disputed land, where the historical Babri Masjid once stood, was awarded to Hindus by the Supreme Court for the construction of Ram temple on Saturday. The apex court gave the disputed Ayodhya land to the Ramjanmabhoomi Trust and ordered that an alternative piece of land, which lies in a ‘suitable’ and ‘prominent’ place in Ayodhya be given to the Muslims to build a mosque.

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