New Delhi: A day after Pakistan criticised India for the ground breaking ceremony at Ayodhya for Ram temple, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said the neighbouring country should desist from interfering in India’s internal affairs and refrain from communal incitement. Also Read - Inspired by Sushant Singh Rajput, Pakistani Man Buys Land On Moon For His Wife As Wedding Gift

Issuing an official statement, the MEA said that such comments from Pakistan are deeply regrettable. “It is not surprising stance from a nation that practices cross-border terrorism,”the MEA said. Also Read - Govt Sets up Expert Committee to Probe Reports of China Snooping on 10,000 Indians, Including VIPs

Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday laid the foundation for grand Ram temple in Ayodhya, Pakistan criticised India for the move and said the extreme haste in starting the construction of the temple at the Babri Masjid site shows how Muslims in India were being “marginalised”. Also Read - India's NSA Ajit Doval Walks Out of SCO Meet as Pakistan Presents 'Fictitious Map' Showing Jammu and Kashmir as Its Own

“The flawed judgment of the Indian Supreme Court paving the way for construction of the temple not only reflected the preponderance of faith over justice but also the growing majoritarianism in today’s India, where minorities, particularly Muslims and their places of worship, are increasingly under attack,” Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement.

Pakistan also said that the extreme haste in starting the construction of the temple at the Babri Masjid site amidst the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and several other measures point to the fact how Muslims in India were being “marginalised”.

Reacting to the statement from Pakistan, India had earlier rejected the unwarranted and gratuitous comments made by the neighbouring country over the issue.

“The judgement of the Supreme Court of India on a civil matter is completely internal to India,” MEA had said.