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Thousands protest Pakistan court’s order for razing of a mosque constructed "illegally".


More than five thousand people stage protest outside a mosque against Supreme Court’s order calling for the razing of a mosque constructed on a park’s land in Karachi.


STORY: More than five thousand people on Friday (January 7) protested outside a mosque against Supreme Court’s order calling for the razing of a mosque constructed "illegally" in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi.  

The Supreme Court in its hearing at the Karachi Registry on December 28 had ordered authorities to remove all encroachments and retrieve the land meant for public parks, the local newspapers reported.

During the proceedings, the court was informed that a mosque, Madina Masjid, had been built on land measuring shown as a park on main Tariq Road neighbourhood in the city.

On Tuesday (January 4), the court turned down a plea by the attorney general who requested the court withdraw its earlier orders calling for the razing of a saying "religious tension" was springing up in the wake of demolition directives.  

The Chief justice said the apex court couldn't take back its order.

In protest demonstration outside Madina Masjid, the protesters held placards.

“We don’t want park, we want masjid”, said a placard. “Mr. chief justice! We will not let Madina Masjid turn into Babari Masjid”, read another placard.

The protesters said they would not let authorities demolish the mosque.  

“We have no other demand than this; that he (Chief justice) should end the uneasiness among Pakistani Muslims by reviewing his decision.”said local religious leader, Qari Muhammad Usman.

The chief justice said the Sindh government could allocate an alternative place for the mosque.  

“Not merely Sindh government, if all the governments of the world together put a heap (of wealth) before us, we will still want this mosque (intact) at this place,”Usman added.

Razing a mosque is a rare and sensitive issue in majority Muslim Pakistan.  

The demolition of the Babri Masjid in India in 1992 by activists of the Vishva Hindu Parishad resulted in intercommunal rioting between Hindu and Muslim communities, causing the death of at least 2,000 people.

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