India rejects Pak’s criticism of court verdict in Babri case

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NEW DELHI: After Islamabad condemned the acquittal of all the 32 accused in the

Babri Masjid

demolition case, the government on Thursday slammed Pakistan saying it may not be easy for a


like Pakistan to understand the “democratic ethos” of India.
While talking about its ‘

Neighbourhood First

’ policy, and recent high-level exchanges with countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar, the government also said it had conveyed to Islamabad that it desired normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan in an atmosphere “free from terror, hostility and violence” and that the onus is on Pakistan for creating such an environment.
India is a mature democracy where the government and citizens abide by the verdicts of the court and show respect for the rule of law, said the MEA in its response to Pakistan’s condemnation of the Babri verdict.
“It may be difficult for a system with a coercive apparatus where people and the courts can be silenced at the will of the establishment, to understand such democratic ethos,” said MEA spokesperson

Anurag Srivastava

. Pakistan foreign office had condemned the acquittal of the accused and also urged India to ensure safety, security and protection of the minorities, particularly Muslims and their places of worship.

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