Stars and Stripes stripes.com 31 Dec, 2020 19:30 am

Pakistan arrests 31 people after destruction of Hindu temple

Pakistan arrests 31 people after destruction of Hindu temple
The temple's destruction Wednesday in Karak, a town in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, also drew condemnation from human rights activists and leaders of Pakistan's minority Hindu community.

The temple's destruction Wednesday in Karak, a town in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, also drew condemnation from human rights activists and leaders of Pakistan's minority Hindu community.The attack happened after members of the Hindu community received permission from local authorities to renovate the temple.According to police and witnesses, the mob was led by Shareef and supporters of Pakistan's radical Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, Angered over the attack, about 100 members of the Hindu community rallied in Karachi.Kumar said he received a call from Prime Minister Imran Khan and Khan expressed his sympathy.

Kumar said Pakistan's Supreme Court had sought a report from authorities about the attack, which also damaged a shrine located next to the temple.Kumar said the same temple had been damaged in 1997 and local clerics linked to Wednesday's attack had also incited Muslims previously.

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