Pakistan raises Ram temple issue at OIC meeting

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United Nations: Reiterating its condemnation of the recent inauguration of ‘Ram Temple’ on the demolished Babri Mosque’s site, Pakistan has urged the top official for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) to play his part for the protection of Islamic sites in India.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Munir Akram during an Ambassadorial meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held at UN headquarters in New York shared with his OIC colleagues a letter he addressed to the UNAOC High Representative, Miguel Angel Moratinos. In the letter he said that the event in Ayodhya city of Uttar Pradesh marked a “disturbing rise in Hindu majoritarianism in India”, said a press release of the Pakistan Mission.

Ambassador Akram said in his letter to the UNAOC head said, the developments over the past 31 years, culminating in the recent consecration ceremony, are indicative of a disturbing rise in Hindu majoritarianism in India. He said, this trend poses a significant threat to the social, economic, and political well-being of Indian Muslims, as well as to the harmony and peace in the region.

The letter Ambassador Akram shared with the OIC Ambassadors also said. “Regrettably, this is not an isolated incident, as other mosques, including the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi and the Shahi Eidgah Mosque in Mathura, face similar threats of desecration and destruction. The statements of some Chief Ministers of Indian states have linked such actions to territorial claims against Pakistan.

“I am writing to seek your urgent intervention for the protection of religious sites in India. Under your esteemed leadership, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations must play a crucial role in safeguarding Islamic heritage sites and securing the rights of religious and cultural minorities in India. The Secretary-General has entrusted you to implement the action plan for the protection of religious sites. We urge you to expedite efforts to implement the action plan and ensure the safeguarding of religious sites in India,” he said in the letter.

The OIC Ambassadors acknowledged the importance of the issue, with some envoys mentioning the attacks on mosques in some European countries. The Palestine Permanent Representative to the UN, Riyadh Mansour, drew attention to the Israeli desecration at Al-Aqsa and the demolition of mosques and churches in the occupied territories.

The meeting decided to include this issue on the agenda of the next OIC ambassadorial session.

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