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Mob attacks and sets ablaze a Hindu temple in northwestern Pakistan


#Hindus are the largest non-Muslim religious group in #Pakistan, which gained independence from #British rule in 1947, when the subcontinent was partitioned into #Muslim-majority #Pakistan and #Hindu-majority #India.

#Videos made by locals at the scene and shared with #Reuters showed a crowd breaking apart blocks of the temple structure’s walls using stones and sledgehammers, as dark smoke from a large fire billowed into the sky.

#Local #Muslim clerics had organized what they told police would be a peaceful protest against the alleged expansion of the temple, located in a town in #Karak district, in northwestern #Khyber #Pakhtunkhwa province, #Rahmatullah #Wazir, a police officer in the town, told #Reuters.

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#He added that clerics leading the protest started “provocative speeches,” following which the crowd attacked the temple.

“#It was a mob and then nobody was there to stop them from damaging the temple,” #Wazir said, adding that most of the structure had been damaged.

#District police chief #Irfanullah #Khan told #Reuters nine people had been arrested on suspicion of taking part in the attack.

The temple was first built in the early 1900s as a shrine, but the local #Hindu community left in 1947 and by 1997 the site had been taken over by local #Muslims.

#In 2015, #Pakistan’s #Supreme #Court ordered it be handed back to the #Hindu community and the shrine rebuilt, on condition that it would not be expanded in the future.

The spokesman of the provincial government did not respond to #Reuters’ requests for comment.

“#This is a barbaric way to deal with minorities. #We are shocked and hurt … and (the incident has) sent a wave of insecurity in #Hindu community,” #Haroon #Sarbdyal, a local leader of the #Hindu community, said in an interview.

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#Sarbdyal said while local #Hindus had relocated from the village, devotees still traveled there every #Thursday to visit the shrine.

#Pakistan’s #Minister for #Human #Rights #Shireen #Mazari condemned the incident on #Twitter.

#Earlier this year, rights watchdog #Amnesty #International called on #Pakistani authorities to “protect the right to freedom of religion and belief for the country’s beleaguered #Hindu community, including the construction of temples to exercise that right.”



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https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/31/asia/hindu-temple-attack-pakistan-intl-hnk/index.html

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