India, May 29 -- India on Thursday responded sharply to the Imran Khan government condemning resumption of construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya earlier this month, describing a one-page statement put out by Pakistan's foreign office as "absurd".

The external affairs ministry also underscored that the Indian constitution, unlike the one that Islamabad had, guarantees equal rights to all faiths.

"Pakistan's Foreign Office may take time out and read their own constitution to realize the difference," the external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.

Srivastava also took a swipe at the treatment of religious minorities by Pakistan and a decline in their numbers over the years. "Given its record, Pakistan should be emba...