Islamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday pulled up authorities for failing to stop an attack on a Hindu temple in a city in Punjab province and ordered the arrest of the culprits. The court said that this incident has tarnished the image of the country abroad.
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the matter in Islamabad. He had taken cognizance of the attack on Thursday. The Supreme Court on Thursday took suo motu cognizance of the matter after the patron chief of Pakistan Hindu Parishad Dr. Ramesh Kumar met the Chief Justice.
The temple was attacked in protest against the release of a nine-year-old Hindu boy
Hundreds of people carrying sticks, stones and bricks attacked a temple, burnt parts of it and vandalized statues in Bhong area in Rahimyar Khan district of Punjab province. They attacked the temple to protest the release by a court of a nine-year-old Hindu boy who was arrested for allegedly urinating in a local madrassa.
The Chief Justice said – the image of the country was tarnished by the attack
According to a report in Geo News, the Chief Justice asked Inspector General of Police (IGP) Inam Ghani, “What were the administration and police doing when the temple was attacked?” There has been serious damage to the image. Ghani said that the priority of the administration was to protect the houses of 70 Hindus around the temple. He said that the Assistant Commissioner and Assistant Superintendent of Police were present at the spot.
The Chief Justice was not satisfied with this reply and said, “If the commissioner, deputy commissioner and district police officers cannot work, they should be removed.” And did not even think that this would spoil the image of the country abroad.
The Chief Justice said, “A Hindu temple was demolished and imagine how he must have felt. Imagine what would have been the reaction of the Muslims if the mosque was damaged.
Police failed to fulfill its responsibility
The IGP tried to pacify the bench saying that a case has been registered and terrorism sections have also been added in the FIR. To this, Justice Qazi Amin, who was involved in the bench, asked whether any arrests had been made. When the IGP replied in the negative, Justice Amin said that it shows that the police has failed to fulfill its responsibility. The court also expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of the commissioner of Rahimyar Khan Division and sought a report from the IGP and the chief secretary within a week.
When Additional Attorney General Suhail Mahmood tried to intervene, saying that Prime Minister Imran Khan had taken cognizance of the incident and ordered the police to take strict action against the attackers, the Chief Justice replied that the court would deal with the legal aspects of the case. Will look into The hearing of the case has been adjourned till August 13.
Pakistan National Assembly condemned the attack, unanimously passed the resolution
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s National Assembly unanimously passed a resolution condemning the attack. The motion was introduced by the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammad Khan. The resolution said that the House strongly condemns the attack on the temple and reassures the Hindu community and the Pakistan Hindu Parishad of their safety. Significantly, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday strongly condemned the attack on the Ganesh temple and promised that his government will renovate the temple.
India on Thursday summoned the in-charge of the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi and lodged a strong protest over the incident. Hindus are the largest minority community in Pakistan. According to official estimates, there are 7.5 million Hindus living in Pakistan. However, according to the community, there are more than 90 lakh Hindus living in the country.
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