Historic Hindu temple demolition case: Provincial Government makes major announcement
Government of Pakistan to reconstruct Hindu Temple demolished by JUI workers.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced plans to rebuild the temple in Karak, according to reports of Baaghi TV.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will soon ensure the reconstruction of the Hindu temple in Teri village, Karak. Orders have been issued to the concerned authorities regarding the reconstruction of the temple. The protection of minority sanctuaries will be ensured at all costs.
Chief Minister Mehmood Khan further said that several persons involved in the incident have been arrested. Action will be taken against those involved. No one will be allowed to take the law into their own hands.
Earlier, the Chief Justice had fixed January 5th for hearing of the temple burning case in Karak. The court directed the chief secretary and IG KP to submit the report on January 4th.
The Chief Justice took notice in a meeting with the Patron-in-Chief of the Hindu Council, Ramesh Kumar. The Chief Justice expressed grave concern over the burning of a Hindu temple in Karak. Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed also directed to form a one-member commission for minority rights.
In the Karak area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, angry mobs burned down a Hindu temple. Hundreds of angry people rushed to the site of one of the oldest Hindu temples in the Teri area of Karak and set it on fire. After which most of the building was also demolished. The angry mob remained around the temple area for several hours.
Local police were also present at the scene but did not take any action, they simply remained silent spectators. Hindu leader Rohit Kumar Advocate alleged that the residents of the area had demolished the temple in violation of the peace agreement and the Supreme Court order.
Government action has been initiated against those allegedly involved in the demolition and arson incident. DPO Irfanullah Khan said that cases have been registered against more than 350 people, including important political figures. Rehmat Salam Khattak, former provincial general secretary of PML-N and current provincial leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami, was arrested from his home last night.
The nominees include several prominent clerics and leaders, including the district amir of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islami-F, Maulana Mir Zaqeem. According to police sources, 31 arrests have been made so far. Raids continue, as authorities strive to arrest more suspects.
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