|ALL INDIA MUSLIM
ASI’s Final Report is Flawed, Contradictory to its own Interim Reports
Excavation has not Disclosed the Remains of any Temple Just Below the Babari Masjid
New Delhi, 25 August, 2003: Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:
"The AIMMM has seen the conclusions of the Final Report of the ASI to the Special Bench of the Allahabad High Court, on Ayodhya Excavations.
The Final Report contradicts the Interim Reports submitted by the ASI itself and makes irresponsible speculations about what may lie at lower depths in the excavated area which it has not excavated while it disregards the material evidence of continuous Muslim habitation in the area since the 12th Century.
The Report disregards the fact that the so-called ‘pillar bases’ occupy three different levels and cannot be regarded as part of a common structure.
The Report does not report the existence of the remains of any temple, in the form of pieces of walls or superstructures or floor or foundation, just below the Babari Masjid and, to that extent, negates the VHP claim that the Masjid was constructed in 1528 after demolishing a standing Ram Temple.
In any case, the Special Court has granted time to the parties concerned to the suit to submit their comments and objections. The AIMMM expects that the flaws, fallacies and contractions in the Report shall be fully exposed by eminent archaeologists. "
Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
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