Monday, 29 March 2021 12:17

Hindu temple in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi ransacked

Rawalpindi [Pakistan], March 29 (ANI): In yet another incident of religious intolerance in Pakistan, a mob ransacked a Hindu temple in Rawalpindi city of Pakistan’s Punjab province.

The incident took place ahead of the Holi festival on Saturday night. A case has been registered against unidentified persons, according to Pakistani journalist Mubashir Zaidi.

Rawalpindi’s Hindu population is around 1,800.

"A mob ransacked a Hindu Temple in Rawalpindi last night hours before Holi celebrations began. 74 years old temple was renovated in the Purana Qila area. Police registered a case against 10-15 unknown people. Hindus Council condemned the incident and demanded the arrest of culprits," he tweeted.

The case has been registered in Bani police station on the complaint of Syed Raza Abbas Zaidi, Assistant Security Officer, Abandoned Waqf Property Board, Rawalpindi, Pakistan Urdu News reported.

The Rawalpindi district administration had announced to renovate the Hindu places of worship located around one kilometre of Haveli Sajan Singh. In this regard, the renovation work of the temples around the mansion is underway.

Pakistan has been repeatedly slammed by the international community for not taking stringent measures to protect its minority communities, despite the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan vowing to protect them on numerous occasions.

Last year in December, a mob of over a hundred people led by local Muslim clerics had destroyed and set on fire the temple in the Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. A video clip that went viral on social media showed a violent mob destroying the walls and roof of the temple.

Pakistan is a well-known perpetrator of human rights violations of minorities in the country. On several occasions, it has promised to safeguard the interest of minority communities in the nation. However, continuing attacks on minorities narrate a different story.

Islamabad has been discriminating against its religious minorities. This is manifested in various forms of targeted violence, mass murders, extrajudicial killings, abduction, rapes, forced conversion to Islam, etc., making Pakistani Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadiyyas, and Shias the most persecuted minorities in the region.

A recent report by a minorities’ rights commission in Pakistan has revealed a "dismal" picture of the most revered Hindu sites in the country and slammed the statutory board responsible to maintain the ancient sites of the minority community.

The report submitted to the country’s Supreme Court last month presents a "general picture of decay and obliteration" of two of the four most revered evacuee sites in Pakistan, Dawn reported.

The report states that the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), a statutory board of the Pakistan government, has failed to maintain ancient and holy sites of the minority community.

Out of 365 temples, only 13 were being managed by them, leaving 65 with the Hindu community, and "abandoning the rest of temples," Dawn reported, citing the statutory board ETPB. (ANI)