Pakistani police have arrested 10 extra folks in in a single day raids for his or her alleged involvement within 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 within the case has risen to 55. Over 350 folks have been named within the FIR after the temple in Terri village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak district was vandalised and set on fireplace on Wednesday by a mob protesting in opposition to its growth work.
Search is underway to arrest the others accused named within 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 group acquired 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 assault on the temple drew robust condemnation from human rights activists and the minority Hindu group leaders.
India has additionally lodged a protest with Pakistan over the vandalisation of the temple and sought strict motion in opposition to these chargeable for the incident.
The protest was conveyed to Pakistan by means of diplomatic channels, sources in New Delhi mentioned on Friday.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has assured that his authorities would reconstruct the broken temple and the Samadhi on the shortest potential time.
Chief Minister Khan’s Special Assistant on Information Kamran Bangash mentioned that non secular tolerance can be maintained within the province.
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the native authorities to look earlier than the court docket on January 5.
The court docket has issued instructions to one-man Commission on Minorities Rights, KP chief secretary and KP inspector basic of police to go to the location and submit a report on January 4.
Hindus type the largest minority group in Pakistan.
According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus stay in Pakistan. However, in accordance with the group, over 90 lakh Hindus reside within 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 typically 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.