PESHAWAR: Pakistani police arrested 14 people today in overnight raids just after a Hindu temple was set on hearth and demolished by a mob led by supporters of a radical Islamist celebration, officers claimed Thursday.
The temple’s destruction Wednesday in the northwestern town of Karak drew condemnation from human legal rights activists and the minority Hindu neighborhood.
Community police said they detained at the very least 14 men and women in overnight raids and extra raids ended up underway to arrest people today who participated or provoked the mob to demolish the temple.
The attack transpired following customers of the Hindu local community received authorization from community authorities to renovate the temple. In accordance to witnesses, the mob was led by a nearby cleric and supporters of Pakistan‘s radical Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam occasion,
Pakistan’s minister for spiritual affairs, Noorul Haq Qadri, named the assault on the temple “a conspiracy in opposition to sectarian harmony.” He took to Twitter Thursday, indicating assaults on places of worship of minority spiritual teams are not authorized in Islam and “defense of spiritual liberty of minorities is our spiritual, constitutional, ethical and nationwide duty.”
The incident comes months after the governing administration authorized Hindu people to establish a new temple in Islamabad on the recommendation of a council of clerics.
Whilst Muslims and Hindus typically stay peacefully alongside one another in Pakistan, there have been other assaults on Hindu temples in latest decades. Most of Pakistan’s minority Hindus migrated to India in 1947 when India was divided by Britain’s govt.