Pakistan SC takes into account suo motu the knowledge of the demolition of the temple

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed became aware on Thursday of his motu to destroy a Hindu altar by a mob led by supporters of local clerics in Karak district in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The case is set to go to trial on January 5. Chief Justice Ahmed instructed the chairman of the commission on minority rights, the chief of police and the chief secretary of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, to report on the incident by 4 January.
A notification issued by top court said Chief Justice became aware of incident after meeting with Chief Hindu Council of Pakistan Ramesh Kumar. “I trust the judiciary to do justice in this case,” Kumar said.
Meanwhile, police arrested 14 people in overnight raids and claimed that several raids were underway to arrest people who participated or provoked the crowd to demolish the altar.
The altar was attacked on Wednesday after members of the Hindu community received permission from local authorities to renovate the building. According to witnesses, the crowd was led by a local cleric and supporters of a religious political party.
Eyewitnesses claimed that the clergy led the crowd to the altar to force the construction to stop. Several outrages, they said, grew up angry with the rhetoric and set fire to the altar before using construction tools to destroy it.
Shri Paramhans Ji Maharaj’s Samadhi (altar) is considered sacred by the Hindu community and Hindu followers, especially from Sindh, who used to visit it frequently.
It was not the first time the altar had been targeted by fans. In 1997, a group of Muslim fanatics destroyed it. Since its renovation in 2015, police and guards have been stationed outside.
The destruction of the temple condemned human rights activists and the Hindu minority community.
Chela Ram Kewlani, chairman of the National Minorities Commission, strongly condemned the incident, saying those responsible could not be named. “It’s really a dark day for all of us. I urge people of all religions to come forward and support the cause, so that strict action can be taken against those responsible for it, ”he said.

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