In a letter addressed to Miguel Angel Moratinos, the Under-Secretary General and High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilisations, Pakistan has issued a warning, deeming the consecration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya as a "significant threat" to regional peace. The letter, penned by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Munir Akram, strongly condemned the construction and dedication of the Ram Temple on the site where the Babri Mosque once stood.
Akram, in the letter released on Wednesday, highlighted the potential impact of the Mandir's construction on "harmony and peace in the region." He urged Moratinos to intervene urgently for the protection of religious sites in India, pointing out that other mosques, such as the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi and the Shahi Eidgah Mosque in Mathura, face similar threats.
Furthermore, Akram raised concerns about statements made by some Chief Ministers of Indian states, linking such actions to territorial claims against Pakistan. The letter emphasized the need for the UN Alliance of Civilisations to play a role in promoting intercultural and interreligious dialogue and understanding.
A press release from Pakistan’s UN Mission on Wednesday disclosed that Akram brought up the Ram Mandir issue during a meeting of the ambassadors of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The group collectively decided to include it in the agenda for the next meeting. The press release also mentioned discussions on attacks on mosques in some European countries, with Palestine’s Permanent Observer Riyad Mansour highlighting Israeli actions at Al-Aqsa and the demolition of mosques and churches.
The OIC's General Secretariat had expressed "grave worry" over the inauguration of the Ram Mandir and denounced the event earlier on Tuesday. The letter and subsequent discussions at the UN reflect the heightened sensitivities and concerns surrounding religious sites in the region.
(With Agency Inputs)