ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Saturday questioned the ruling by the Indian Supreme Court on the ownership of a centuries-old religious site in Ayodhya. “The verdict by the Indian Supreme Court will put more pressure on already suppressed Muslim community,” Qureshi said while speaking to media. “Pakistan Foreign Office will issue an official statement on the matter after reading details of the verdict,” Qureshi said. He further questioned why the verdict was announced today of all days. “The Indian Supreme Court after a long time announced the verdict today. Why did the Indian court announce the verdict today?” he asked. The minister said the decision which coincided with the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor will exert more pressure on already suppressed community. The foreign minister added, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was sowing the seeds of hatred with its politics of hatred. The Indian Supreme Court on Saturday ruled in favour of Hindus in a long-running legal battle over a centuries-old religious site claimed by Muslims, in a ruling that paves the way for the construction of a Hindu temple at the site. The top court also directed that an alternate land parcel be provided to a Muslim group. The dispute centres around who should control the land upon which lie the ruins of the 16th-century Babri Mosque, destroyed by a Hindu mob in 1992. Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari also questioned the timing of the verdict. In a post on Twitter, the minister said the decision by the Indian court regarding the Babri Mosque land dispute on the same day as the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor could not be starker. “The contrast between the Indian SC’s verdict on Babri Mosque strengthening the Hindutva creed and Pakistan’s opening of the Kartarpur Corridor – both on the same day – could not be more stark!,” Mazari tweeted. The razing of the Babri masjid by right-wing activists in December 1992 was illegal, the Supreme Court indicated today in its judgment in the decades-old politically sensitive Ayodhya title suit. The masjid demolition case, which is pending at a special court in Lucknow, has entered its last leg. Several senior BJP leaders, including party patriarch LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti have been named in the case. The demolition of the mosque, the five-judge bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, was “a calculated act of destroying a place of public worship,” the court said, adding, “It is necessary to provide restitution to the Muslim community for the unlawful destruction of their place of worship”. The top court today said the 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya should be given to a government-run trust for the construction of a temple. The court also announced that a 5-acre plot of land will be allotted for a mosque at a “prominent” site in the temple town, saying that a “wrong committed must be remedied”. “Justice would not prevail if the Court were to overlook the entitlement of the Muslims who have been deprived of the structure of the mosque through means which should not have been employed in a secular nation committed to the rule of law,” the judgment read. “The Constitution postulates the equality of all faiths,” the 1045-page judgment read.