Pak authorities stood idle, completely failed to protect minorities: India after attacks on Hindu temple

India on Thursday hit out at Pakistan saying it has “completely failed” to protect non secular minorities and the continued attacks on them is “reprehensible”. This comes a day after a mob attacked a Hindu temple in Pakistan’s Punjab province and broken the idols therein.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned such incidents of violence and persecution in opposition to the minorities proceed unabated in Pakistan.

“In addition to attacking the temple, surrounding houses belonging to Hindu community were also attacked. Incidents of violence, discrimination and persecution against minority communities, including attacks on places of worship have continued unabated in Pakistan,” he mentioned.

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The spokesperson added that establishments in Pakistan have “stood idle and completely failed in protecting these institutions and places of worship”.

He mentioned India additionally summoned Pakistan’s Charge d’Affaires on Thursday afternoon and lodged a “firm protest expressing grave concern at this reprehensible incident and the continued attacks on the freedom of religion of the minority community and protection of their places of worship”.

HINDU TEMPLE ATTACKED IN PAKISTAN

On Wednesday, a mob attacked a Hindu temple in Pakistan’s Punjab province and burned down elements of it and broken its idols. As police failed to management the scenario, the Pakistan Rangers had been known as in.

According to information company PTI, police mentioned the mob attacked the Hindu temple at Bhong metropolis of Rahim Yar Khan district, some 590 km from Lahore, in response to alleged desecration of a Muslim seminary.

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“An eight-year-old Hindu boy last week had allegedly urinated at a library of the seminary in the area that caused tensions in Bhong, where Muslims and Hindus have been living peacefully for decades,” PTI mentioned in its report.

As the mob attacked the temple, ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf parliamentarian Ramesh Kumar Vankwani posted movies of the temple assault on Twitter and requested regulation enforcement companies to rush to the spot to cease its “burning and vandalising”.

In a collection of tweets, he mentioned, “Attack on Hindu temple at Bhong City District Rahimyar Khan Punjab. Situation was tense since yesterday. Negligence by local police is very shameful. Chief Justice is requested to take action.”

NONE ARRESTED SO FAR

Meanwhile, in accordance to District Police Officer (DPO) Rahim Yar Khan Asad Sarfraz, the regulation enforcement companies have managed the scenario and managed to disperse the mob.

“Rangers have been called and deployed around the Hindu temple,” he mentioned.

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The DPO additional mentioned that some 100 Hindu households live within the space and police have been deployed there to thwart any untoward incident.

However, nobody has been arrested on this matter to this point.

“Our first priority is to restore law and order and provide protection to the minority community,” Sarfraz mentioned.

Speaking to PTI, one other police official mentioned the temple has been “damaged badly”.

“The attackers were carrying sticks, stones and bricks. They smashed the deities while raising religious slogans,” he mentioned, including part of the temple was burnt down.

The police officer mentioned the minor Hindu boy who allegedly desecrated the library of the seminar in Bhong Sharif was arrested final week and booked below the blasphemy legal guidelines however subsequently launched on bail for being a minor.

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“We will arrest those miscreants who incited people to attack the temple,” DPO Sarfraz mentioned.

PAK SUPREME COURT TAKES NOTE OF ATTACK

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has taken observe of the assault on the Hindu temple in Bhong village. In a press release, the courtroom mentioned Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed has expressed “grave concern over the tragic incident”.

“Taking cognisance of the issue, the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan has fixed the matter before the court on Friday at Islamabad with the directions to Chief Secretary Punjab and IGP Punjab to appear along with their report,” the Supreme Court mentioned in a press launch.

(With inputs from PTI)

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