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30 Arrested For Damaging Hindu Temple In Pakistan, Government Orders Its Reconstruction

On Thursday, the provincial authorities ordered authorities to reconstruct the broken temple.

Peshawar:

Over 30 individuals, principally members of a radical Islamist occasion, have been arrested after a Hindu temple was vandalised and set on fireplace by a mob protesting towards its enlargement work in northwest Pakistan, officers stated on Thursday.

The assault on the temple in Terri village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Karak district on Wednesday drew robust condemnation from human rights activists and Hindu group leaders.

On Thursday, the provincial authorities ordered authorities to reconstruct the broken temple because it vowed to carry the culprits to justice.

The temple was attacked by the mob after members of the Hindu group obtained permission from native authorities to renovate its decades-old constructing, in keeping with witnesses.

The mob, led by a neighborhood cleric and supporters of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam occasion (Fazal ur Rehman group), demolished the newly constructed work alongside the previous construction, they stated.

According to native police, they arrested greater than 30 individuals, together with Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Rehmat Salam Khattak, in in a single day raids. Over 350 individuals have been named within the FIR, Provincial Police Chief KPK Sanaullah Abbasi has stated.

Mr Abbasi stated all of the sections of legislation regarding terrorism have been included within the FIR towards the accused .The police will guarantee safety to worship locations of minorities within the province, he added.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday took discover of the assault and ordered the native authorities to look earlier than the courtroom on January 5.

According to a press release by the highest courtroom, Hindu lawmaker and the Pakistan Hindu Council chief Ramesh Kumar Vankwani referred to as on Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed in Karachi to debate the problem.

“The chief justice of Pakistan showed grave concern over the tragic incident and informed the member of parliament that he has already taken cognisance of the issue and has fixed the matter before court on January 5, at Islamabad,” in keeping with the assertion.

The courtroom has issued instructions to one-man Commission on Minorities Rights, KP chief secretary and KP inspector common of police to go to the location and submit a report on January 4.

Chief Minister’s Special Assistant for Information and spokesman for the KP authorities Kamran Bangash stated on Thursday that the federal government would reconstruct the temple, which was broken within the mob assault.

Deputy Commissioner and District Police Officer Karak have been issued directives to take fast steps for reconstructing the temple, Bangash stated.

The authorities is sure to offer protection to the minorities and their worship locations, he added.

Pakistan’s Religious Affairs Minister Noorul Haq Qadri termed the destruction of the temple towards the educating of Islam. He stated that the structure of the nation ensures safety of non secular locations of minorities.

Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari strongly condemned the assault and vowed to carry the culprits to justice.

“Strongly condemn the burning of a Hindu temple by a mob in Karak, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa,” she stated in a tweet.

“(The) K-P government must ensure culprits brought to justice. MOHR also moving on this. We as a govt have a responsibility to ensure safety & security of all our citizens & their places of worship,” she added.

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Pakistan’s federal Parliamentary Secretary for Human Rights Lal Chand Malhi strongly condemned the assault on the temple.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan termed the assault on the temple as “an unfortunate incident.”

He ordered fast arrest of these concerned within the incident.

Khan vowed that his authorities will shield worship locations from such incidents.

Leader of Hindu Community Peshawar Haroon Sarab Diyal stated {that a} samadhi of a Hindu non secular chief exists on the temple website and Hindu households from throughout the nation do go to the samadhi on each Thursday.

The Samadhi of Shri Paramhans Ji Maharaj is taken into account sacred by the Hindu group. It was constructed the place he died in 1919 in Teri village of Karak.

The controversy over the samadhi erupted many a long time in the past.

According to the small print submitted to the Supreme Court in 2014 in a case about it, the Hindus had been visiting the shrine until 1997 when it was dismantled by the locals.

The high courtroom in 2014 ordered the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities to revive and reconstruct the Hindu shrine.

The order was issued over a petition of a Hindu lawmaker who had claimed that the shrine had been occupied by an influential cleric of the world.

According to police officers, a gathering of clerics was held at Shanki Adda in Teri, Karak earlier than the assault on Wednesday.

The enraged individuals have been elevating slogans, vowing they might not allow any building work on the shrine.

The protesters have been peaceable within the preliminary stage however on the provocation of some clerics, they turned violent and attacked the shrine, police stated.

Hindus kind the most important minority group in Pakistan.

According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus dwell in Pakistan. However, in keeping with the group, over 90 lakh Hindus live within the nation.

The majority of Pakistan’s Hindu inhabitants is settled in Sindh province the place they share tradition, traditions and language with Muslim residents. They typically complain of harassment by the extremists.

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