Crimes and violence against Hindus, Christians and Sikhs living as a minority in Pakistan continue every day. The incident in which a Hindu temple was demolished and set on fire by Islamic fundamentalists has caused shock.
The tomb of Sri Paramahansa ji Maharaj is located with the Krishna Dwara Mandir in the village of Teri in the Karak District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in the northwestern province of Pakistan.
The Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), an Islamic sect, held a rally near the temple site. The rally is said to have spoken in a way that provoked religious sentiment against the Hindu temple. Within hours of the rally, a mob of hundreds stormed a Hindu temple and set it on fire.
The leader of the Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) political party, Mehlana Adar Raguman, who was protesting against the destruction of a Hindu temple by a violent mob, was quoted as saying, “Our party rally has nothing to do with the incident in which a Hindu temple was set on fire.”
The Hindustan Times quoted that district police officer Irfan Marwat as saying, “The mob was protesting against the new construction of the temple and the expansion of the temple.”
The temple was built on the spot where Shri Paramhans G Maharaj died in 1919. His supporters are mostly from the southern Sindh province.
The temple was first demolished by Islamists in 1997. The place was occupied by a local religious leader. However, after the intervention of the Pakistan Supreme Court in 2015, the local community agreed to the temple reconstruction work. Despite the reconstruction work, there was a dispute over the land allotted to the temple.
The Hindustan Times quoted local media as saying that Rohit Kumar, a lawyer representing the Hindu community there, had “not crossed the land agreed to build the temple and that the people there had violated the agreement by destroying the temple”.
Protests over the construction of Hindu temples in Pakistan and the demolition of temples there continue. The Hindu temple in Karachi was demolished earlier this year.
In July, Islamist activists went to court against the construction of the first Hindu temple in Islamabad. However, the project was approved by the state-run Islamic Ideological Council. Various incidents like this are constantly occurring.
Hindus are the largest minority in Pakistan. According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus live in Pakistan. But according to the community there, there are more than 90 lakh Hindus living there. Hindus mostly settle in Sindh province. Complaints arise that they are often persecuted based on religion.