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Pakistan: 26 people arrested on temple vandalism and arson, CJI expresses concern, SC hearing on January 5

The people arrested 26 members of a fundamentalist Islamic party in the country, after protesting against the repair work of a temple in northwest Pakistan, the temple was vandalized and set on fire. Station in-charge Rahmatullah Khan told PTI that 26 people, including radical Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party leader Rahmat Salam Khattak, have been arrested after the attack on the temple at Terry village in Karak district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A crowd led by supporters of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Party (Fazl ur Rehman Group) opposed the temple expansion work and demolished the old structure as well as the newly constructed construction work.

Hearing in Supreme Court on 5 January

Here, Pakistan’s Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, taking cognizance of the sabotage and arson in the Hindu temple of Pakistan, has fixed the hearing on this matter on 5 January. According to the statement issued by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Chief Justice was summoned by the Chief Justice, Ramesh Kumar, a member of the National Assembly and head of the Pakistan Hindu Council, to discuss the issue with him in the Karachi Registry of the Supreme Court.

Human rights activists and minority Hindu community have condemned the incident in Karak district. Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Human Rights in Pakistan Lal Chand Malhi has strongly criticized this attack. He said that some people are doing such anti-social activities to discredit Pakistan, which the government will not tolerate at all.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CM said unfortunate

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmud Khan called the attack on the temple “an unfortunate incident” and ordered immediate arrest of those involved. Khan resolved to protect the places of worship from such incidents. The leader of the Hindu community, Peshawar, Aaron Sarab Diyal said that this temple complex has the tomb of a Hindu religious leader and the Hindu families of the country come to this tomb every Thursday.

He said that this incident has hurt the sentiments of the Hindu community and the Council of Islamic Ideology should take cognizance of it. Diyal said that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan talks about promoting tourism at religious places, but the revered places of minorities in the country are not safe.

The Hindu community is the largest minority community in Pakistan. According to official estimates, 7.5 million Hindus live in Pakistan, but the community says that more than 90 lakh Hindus are living in the country. The majority of Hindus in Pakistan live in Sindh province. They often complain about harassment by extremists.

Also read: Crowd set fire in Hindu temple in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa


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