PESHAWAR/KARAK: Members of the minority communities on Sunday held a protest demonstration against vandalising of a Hindu shrine (Samadhi) by a mob in Karak district and demanded of the government to take action against the relevant police officials for not taking measures to prevent the attack.
The protesters, holding banners and placards, gathered outside the Peshawar Press Club and raised slogans against the police.
They were led by Hindu Rights Movement chairman Haroon Sarabdiyal, Qaumi Watan Party’s minority wing leader Munir Akhtar, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl representative Farid Singh, Pakistan People Party representative Naseeb Chand and Christian community representative Pastor Shehzad Murad.
They were headed by Haroon Sarabdiyal, chairman of the Hindu Rights Movement, Munir Akhtar, minority wing chief of the Qaumi Watan Party, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl, Farid Singh, Naseeb Chand, representative of the Pakistan People’s Party, and Pastor Shehzad Murad, representative of the Christian community.
The participants said that because of the incompetence of the local police, the historic building was set on fire by citizens, and requested the provincial government to take action against the district police officer, the DSP and the SHO town.
Not all of a sudden, like they had arranged it in advance, did the people respond, but the police did not take heed, they lamented.
The demonstrators said significant discontent in the Hindu community had been triggered by the demolition of the historical shrine. They urged the government to provide protection for the people and their places of worship.
The members of the minority community expressed satisfaction with the suo motu note introduced by Pakistan’s Chief Justice.
Meanwhile, Karak’s Teri police reported that three more people accused of being involved in the burning of the Hindu shrine had been detained, raising the number of detainees to 48.
Officials said that Maulana Mohammad Haleem, Maulana Matiullah and Maulana Imdadullah had been arrested by SHO Rehmatullah Wazir. They were moved to an undisclosed location. A prominent figure nominated in the shrine burning event, Maulana Mirzaqeem, is still at large.
Maulana Sharif, the lead suspect, has already confessed to the authorities, due to the actions of elected officials to deter any clashes between the police and the local populace.