Pak’s KP Chief Minister says his govt will rebuild Hindu temple vandalised by mob

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Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan.

Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan mentioned on Friday that his authorities will rebuild a Hindu temple that was vandalised and set on hearth by a mob within the province early this week. Addressing a well being card distribution ceremony, Chief Minister Khan mentioned the federal government has issued orders to rebuild the temple.

The assault on the temple in Terri village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Karak district on Wednesday drew robust condemnation from human rights activists and the minority Hindu neighborhood leaders. Khan vowed to guard the spiritual websites of minorities and mentioned the police has arrested a number of suspects concerned within the temple assault.

Over 45 individuals, largely members of a radical Islamist occasion, have been arrested for destroying the temple. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Rehmat Salam Khattak was amongst these arrested.

On Thursday, Chief Minister Khan’s Particular Assistant for Data and spokesman for the KP authorities Kamran Bangash mentioned that the provincial authorities has ordered authorities to reconstruct the broken temple.

Deputy Commissioner and District Police Officer Karak have been issued directives to take rapid steps for reconstructing the temple, Bangash mentioned. The federal government is sure to offer protection to the minorities and their worship locations, he added.

The temple was attacked by the mob after members of the Hindu neighborhood acquired permission from native authorities to renovate its decades-old constructing, in accordance with witnesses.

The mob, led by an area cleric and supporters of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam occasion (Fazal ur Rehman group), demolished the newly constructed work alongside the previous construction, they mentioned.

The Supreme Courtroom on Thursday took discover of the assault and ordered the native authorities to seem earlier than the court docket on January 5.

In response to a press release by the apex court docket, Hindu lawmaker and the Pakistan Hindu Council chief Ramesh Kumar Vankwani referred to as on Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed in Karachi to debate the difficulty.

“The chief justice of Pakistan confirmed grave concern over the tragic incident and knowledgeable the member of parliament that he has already taken cognisance of the difficulty and has fastened the matter earlier than court docket on January 5, at Islamabad,” in accordance with the assertion.

The court docket has issued instructions to one-man Fee on Minorities Rights, KP chief secretary and KP inspector common of police to go to the location and submit a report on January four. In the meantime, a fee on rights of minorities headed by Dr. Shuaib Suddle together with lawmaker Ramesh Kumar and Chief Secretary Dr. Kaazim Niaz on Friday visited the temple, which was vandalised by the mob.

The delegates held assembly with the members of the native peace committee and the Hindu neighborhood and condemned the unlucky incident.

The peace committee members disowned the tragic incident, saying the attackers weren’t from the area people or resident of Karak district. Chairman of the fee Dr. Suddle and Member of Nationwide Meeting Ramesh Kumar expressed confidence within the steps taken by the KP Authorities to pacify the state of affairs.

The fee head and MNA Ramesh Kumar additionally met Chief Minister Khan in Peshawar and exchanged views over the incident. The fee condemned the incident in robust phrases. Chief Minister Khan has assured the fee that strict motion could be taken in opposition to culprits concerned within the incident.

Chief of Hindu Group Peshawar Haroon Sarab Diyal mentioned samadhi of a Hindu spiritual chief exists on the temple website and Hindu households from throughout the nation do go to the samadhi on each Thursday. The Samadhi of Shri Paramhans Ji Maharaj is taken into account sacred by the Hindu neighborhood. It was constructed the place he died in 1919 in Teri village of Karak. The controversy over the samadhi erupted many a long time in the past.

In response to the small print submitted to the Supreme Courtroom in 2014 in a case about it, the Hindus had been visiting the shrine until 1997 when it was dismantled by the locals.

The apex court docket in 2014 ordered the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities to revive and reconstruct the Hindu shrine.

The order was issued over a petition of a Hindu lawmaker who had claimed that the shrine had been occupied by an influential cleric of the world. Hindus kind the largest minority neighborhood in Pakistan.

In response to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus dwell in Pakistan. Nonetheless, in accordance with the neighborhood, over 90 lakh Hindus live within the nation.

Nearly all of Pakistan’s Hindu inhabitants is settled in Sindh province the place they share tradition, traditions and language with Muslim residents.

They usually complain of harassment by the extremists.

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