Pakistani police have arrested 10 more individuals in in a single day raids for his or her alleged involvement in the vandalisation of a Hindu temple by a mob led by members of a radical social gathering in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
With the most recent arrests, the variety of accused arrested in the case has risen to 55. Over 350 individuals have been named in the FIR after the temple in Terri village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak district was vandalised and set on hearth on Wednesday by a mob protesting in opposition to its enlargement work.
Search is underway to arrest the others accused named in the FIR.
The temple which additionally had a samadhi of a Hindu non secular chief was attacked by the mob after members of the Hindu neighborhood obtained permission from native authorities to renovate its decades-old constructing.
The mob, led by some native clerics and supporters of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam social gathering (Fazal ur Rehman group), demolished the newly constructed work alongside the previous construction.
The attack on the temple drew robust condemnation from human rights activists and the minority Hindu neighborhood leaders.
India has additionally lodged a protest with Pakistan over the vandalisation of the temple and sought strict motion in opposition to these accountable for the incident.
The protest was conveyed to Pakistan by way of diplomatic channels, sources in New Delhi stated on Friday.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has assured that his authorities would reconstruct the broken temple and the Samadhi on the shortest doable time.
Chief Minister Khan’s Special Assistant on Information Kamran Bangash stated that non secular tolerance could be maintained in the province.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the native authorities to seem earlier than the courtroom on January 5.
The courtroom has issued instructions to one-man Commission on Minorities Rights, KP chief secretary and KP inspector common of police to go to the location and submit a report on January 4.
Hindus type the most important minority neighborhood in Pakistan.
According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus stay in Pakistan. However, based on the neighborhood, over 90 lakh Hindus live in the nation.
The majority 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.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Saturday termed as “completely unwarranted” India’s protest over the vandalisation of the Hindu temple.