Pakistan regional gov’t to fund development of destroyed temple

Dozens of individuals arrested, together with a neighborhood Islamic chief, after a Muslim mob destroyed a temple in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.A Hindu temple within the northwest Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that was destroyed by a Muslim mob earlier this week will probably be rebuilt utilizing provincial authorities funds, its info minister stated on Friday.
Police have arrested dozens of individuals, together with the native Muslim chief, for his or her involvement in Wednesday’s assault on the Shri Paramhans Ji Maharaj Samadhi temple within the city of Karak, some 100km (62 miles) southeast of the provincial capital, Peshawar.
“We regret the damage caused by the attack,” stated Kamran Bangash, the provincial info minister belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) social gathering of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“The chief minister has ordered the reconstruction of the temple and adjoining house,” he instructed AFP information company.
About 1,500 individuals descended on the temple within the distant village after protesting towards renovations being made to an adjoining constructing owned by a Hindu group. They used sledgehammers to knock down partitions earlier than setting the constructing ablaze.
Construction will begin as quickly as doable with the assist of the Hindu neighborhood, Bangash stated, including safety can be supplied on the website.
45 individuals arrested
District police chief Irfanullah Khan instructed AFP about 45 individuals had been arrested in reference to the incident – together with a neighborhood Muslim chief, mullah Sharif, who’s accused of inciting the mob.
Khan added police are additionally in search of mullah Mirza Aqeem, the district chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), one in every of Pakistan’s largest Islamic events.
Members of Pakistan Hindu Council stand behind a banner throughout a protest towards a mob assault on the temple [Rizwan Tabassum/AFP]On Thursday, Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered authorities to submit a report on the temple’s destruction, which drew condemnation from human rights activists and the minority Hindu neighborhood.
In Karachi, the capital of Sindh province and the place many of the nation’s Hindus stay, greater than 200 individuals protested outdoors the Supreme Court, calling for justice.
“You must respect other people’s religion. We are Pakistanis, and for God’s sake, nobody needs to give us a certificate of loyalty”, stated Mangla Sharma, a Hindu member of Sindh’s provincial meeting.
The temple, which was destroyed in comparable circumstances in 1997, was rebuilt below the path of the highest court docket in 2015.
Religious freedom violations
While no Hindus stay within the space, devotees usually go to the temple and its shrine to pay homage to the Hindu saint Shri Paramhans, who died there earlier than the 1947 partition of India that gave start to Pakistan.
Although Muslims and Hindus usually stay peacefully collectively in Pakistan, there have been different assaults on Hindu temples in recent times.[Rizwan Tabassum/AFP]Although Muslims and Hindus usually stay peacefully collectively in Pakistan, there have been different assaults on Hindu temples in recent times.
Last 12 months, the United States positioned Pakistan on a listing of “countries of particular concern” for spiritual freedom violations.
The nation’s minister for spiritual affairs, Noorul Haq Qadri, referred to as the assault “a conspiracy against sectarian harmony”.
He took to Twitter on Thursday, saying assaults on locations of worship of minority spiritual teams had been forbidden in Islam and “protection of religious freedom of minorities is our religious, constitutional, moral and national responsibility”.
On Wednesday, Pakistan’s human rights minister, Shireen Mazari, stated the federal government had a duty to “ensure safety and security of all our citizens and their places of worship”.
Prime Minister Khan has assured Pakistan’s minorities of their security.
“I want to warn our people that anyone in Pakistan targeting our non-Muslim citizens or their places of worship will be dealt with strictly. Our minorities are equal citizens of this country,” Khan tweeted in February.