Peshawar, Jan 19 (PTI) Policemen were deployed on Tuesday to protect a Hindu temple in northwest Pakistan''s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, days … A mob in northwestern Pakistan attacked and set ablaze a century-old Hindu temple on Wednesday, officials said, prompting condemnations from the Muslim-majority country's Hindu community. Last year, the United States placed Pakistan on a list of “countries of particular concern” for religious freedom violations. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. The protest has been lodged via diplomatic channels, they said. Sarbdyal said while local Hindus had relocated from the village, devotees still travelled there every Thursday to visit the shrine. They used sledgehammers to knock down walls before setting the building ablaze. A Hindu temple has been demolished by an aggressive mob in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Construction will start as soon as possible with the support of the Hindu community, Bangash said, adding security would be provided at the site. [Rizwan Tabassum/AFP]Although Muslims and Hindus generally live peacefully together in Pakistan, there have been other attacks on Hindu temples in recent years. The mob led by activists of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party attacked the temple … PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A mob led by members of Pakistan’s radical Islamist party demolished a Hindu temple Wednesday after setting it on fire in a deeply conservative northwestern town, a senior police official said. Videos circulating on social media showed men using hammers to damage the temple after an address from Muslim leaders. With the latest arrests, the number of … All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. Karachi: Members of Pakistan Hindu Council hold a protest against the attack on a Hindu temple in the northwestern town of Karak, in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. Prime Minister Khan has assured Pakistan’s minorities of their safety. “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. A violent religious mob has set fire to a Hindu temple in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region and attempted to tear it to the ground. 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. Karak Hindu Temple vandalism: 12 police officials dismissed in Pakistan The temple in Terri village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Karak district was attacked on … “I want to warn our people that anyone in Pakistan targeting our non-Muslim citizens or their places of worship will be dealt with strictly. The samadhi of Shri Paramhans Ji Maharaj is considered very sacred by the minority Hindus in Pakistan. Pakistan’s top Islamic body approves construction of Hindu temple Council of Islamic Ideology approves temple in Islamabad, saying Islamic law allows minority Hindus a … District police chief Irfanullah Khan told Reuters nine people had been arrested on suspicion of taking part in the attack. About 1,500 people descended on the temple in the remote village after protesting against renovations being made to an adjoining building owned by a Hindu group. 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”. The Pakistan Supreme Court directed relevant authorities to start the restoration of the Hindu temple in Karak within two weeks besides summoning details of all temples from the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB). Peshawar, January 19 Policemen were deployed on Tuesday to protect a Hindu temple in northwest Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, days after a leader of the minority community demanded protectio A Hindu temple in the northwest Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that was destroyed by a Muslim mob earlier this week will be rebuilt using provincial government funds, its information minister said on Friday. This came to the fore after parliamentarian and Pakistan Hindu Council's Patron in Chief Dr. Ramesh Kumar discussed the issue with Chief Justice of Pakistan … District police chief Irfanullah Khan told AFP about 45 people had been arrested in connection with the incident – including a local Muslim leader, mullah Sharif, who is accused of inciting the mob. He added that clerics leading the protest started “provocative speeches”, following which the crowd attacked the temple. Council of Islamic Ideology approves temple in Islamabad, saying Islamic law allows minority Hindus a place of worship. Khan added police are also looking for mullah Mirza Aqeem, the district leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), one of Pakistan’s largest Islamic parties. The Hindu temple that was vandalised in Pakistan this … The attack took place after members of the Hindu community received permission from local authorities to renovate the temple. It is dedicated to the Maharaj and was built where he died in 1919 in Teri village. Reporting by Jibran Ahmad in Peshawar; Additional reporting and writing by Umar Farooq in Islamabad; Editing by Gibran Peshimam and Jonathan Oatis. 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. Policemen were deployed on Tuesday to protect a Hindu temple in northwest Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, days after a leader of the minority community demanded protection for the place of worship fearing an attack by some mischievous elements who wanted to occupy its land.. The country’s minister for religious affairs, Noorul Haq Qadri, called the attack “a conspiracy against sectarian harmony”. We are Pakistanis, and for God’s sake, nobody needs to give us a certificate of loyalty”, said Mangla Sharma, a Hindu member of Sindh’s provincial assembly. Although Muslims and Hindus generally live peacefully together in Pakistan, there have been other attacks on Hindu temples in recent years. Minority communities protest against destruction of Hindu temple in Pakistan's Karak Police officer stand guard in a Hindu temple which was set … Police officers showed "cowardice and negligence" in failing to confront a mob that attacked and set fire to a Hindu temple in northwest Pakistan, … Pakistan Rebuild demolished Hindu temple in Karak within 2 weeks, orders Pakistan Supreme Court. Vandalized Hindu temple in Pakistan to be reconstructed Chief Minister Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (KP) Mahmood Khan has issued instructions to relevant authorities to ensure reconstruction. A Muslim mob attacked and set fire to a Hindu temple in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakthunkhwa. Members of Pakistan Hindu Council stand behind a banner during a protest against a mob attack on the temple [Rizwan Tabassum/AFP]On Thursday, Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered authorities to submit a report on the temple’s destruction, which drew condemnation from human rights activists and the minority Hindu community. PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A mob in northwestern Pakistan attacked and set ablaze a century-old Hindu temple on Wednesday, officials said, prompting condemnations from the Muslim-majority country’s Hindu community. Members of Pakistan Hindu Council hold a protest against the attack on a Hindu temple in the northwestern town of Karak, in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. Our minorities are equal citizens of this country,” Khan tweeted in February. “This is a barbaric way to deal with minorities. The temple is located in Terri village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Karak district. In July, a mob attacked the construction site of the first Hindu temple in the capital, Islamabad. The incident in the town of … See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays. The incident took place in Teri area of … 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. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government in Pakistan has dismissed 12 police officials following an enquiry report that found them guilty of "negligence" in protecting a Hindu temple … On 30 December, a mob had demolished a Hindu temple and set it ablaze in the town of Karak in Pakistan. India lodges formal protest with Pakistan against vandalisation of Hindu temple Pakistan's federal Parliamentary Secretary for Human Rights Lal Chand … Peshawar: Pakistani police have arrested 45 more people for their alleged involvement in the vandalisation of a Hindu temple by a mob led by members of a radical Islamist party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. While no Hindus live in the area, devotees often visit the temple and its shrine to pay homage to the Hindu saint Shri Paramhans, who died there before the 1947 partition of India that gave birth to Pakistan. The temple, which was destroyed in similar circumstances in 1997, was rebuilt under the direction of the top court in 2015. 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. “We regret the damage caused by the attack,” said Kamran Bangash, the provincial information minister belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Police have arrested dozens of people, including the local Muslim leader, for their involvement in Wednesday’s attack on the Shri Paramhans Ji Maharaj Samadhi temple in the town of Karak, some 100km (62 miles) southeast of the provincial capital, Peshawar. In Karachi, the capital of Sindh province and where most of the country’s Hindus live, more than 200 people protested outside the Supreme Court, calling for justice. LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan government has granted permission for the construction of a Hindu temple in Islamabad, nearly six months after the work at the site was stopped apparently because of the pressure from the radical Islamic groups. Pakistan’s Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari condemned the incident on Twitter. He took to Twitter on Thursday, saying attacks on places of worship of minority religious groups were forbidden in Islam and “protection of religious freedom of minorities is our religious, constitutional, moral and national responsibility”. The move comes after officials of the District Evacuee Property Trust Committee and District Revenue … Pakistan police on Friday claimed to have arrested the main accused in the vandalisation of a Hindu temple by a mob led by members of a radical Islamist party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Hindus are the largest non-Muslim majority in the country, which gained independence from British rule in 1947, when the subcontinent was partitioned into Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India. A leader of the minority Hindu community in Pakistan on Sunday demanded protection for a temple in Abbottabad district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province fearing an attack on the place of worship by some mischievous elements who wanted to occupy its land. India has lodged a strong protest over demolishing of a Hindu temple in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, sources said on Friday. Local Muslim clerics had organised 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. Dozens of people arrested, including a local Islamic leader, after a Muslim mob destroyed a temple in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. 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Pakistan is home to … The spokesman of the provincial government did not respond to Reuters’ requests for comment. The controversy over the samadhi has been festering for decades. Police personnel stand guard in a Hindu temple which was set on fire and demolished by a mob led by Islamists, in Karak, Pakistan, on Dec. 31, 2020. On Wednesday, Pakistan’s human rights minister, Shireen Mazari, said the government had a responsibility to “ensure safety and security of all our citizens and their places of worship”. Pakistan's Supreme Court took suo moto cognizance of the razing of a Hindu temple in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “You must respect other people’s religion. “The chief minister has ordered the reconstruction of the temple and adjoining house,” he told AFP news agency.