Soldier Bazaar temple razed in hurried operation

Published: December 2, 2012

A Hindu temple in Soldier Bazaar was demolished on Saturday while the court was hearing petition seeking a stay order. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

A Hindu temple in Soldier Bazaar was demolished on Saturday while the court was hearing petition seeking a stay order. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS A Hindu temple in Soldier Bazaar was demolished on Saturday while the court was hearing petition seeking a stay order. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS
KARACHI: 

In a hurried operation on Saturday, a builder demolished a century-old temple in Soldier Bazaar while the Sindh High Court was hearing a petition seeking a stay order.

Apart from razing down the pre-partition Shri Rama Pir Mandir, the private builder also demolished three or four houses located next to it. Nearly 40 people became homeless as a result.

“They destroyed our mandir and humiliated our gods,” said an angry Prakash, pointing towards the huge debris of concrete, stones and walls of the temple. The demolishing team did place the statues of four Hindu deities on the side but the residents accused them of taking away their gold jewellery and crowns.

Pointing to the bruises on his arms, Lakshman said that, “they hit me with their guns when I tried to stop them. I told them to kill me instead of destroying our holy place.”

Banwri recalled that the demolition teams arrived around 11 in the morning. She was preparing breakfast when she heard the thundering noise of a bulldozer. She rushed outside, only to receive instructions to bring her bed, cupboard and other essential items outside the house. “I watched my house go down in just minutes and I couldn’t do anything.”

She added that, during the demolition, the area was cordoned off by the police and Rangers with tents put up all around. Outsiders were not allowed to enter, she added.

Saveeta was among those 40 people who lost her house. “The dowry that I had given to my daughter for her wedding is all buried here,” she said with tears. With her husband out of station, she and her three children would be spending the night under the open sky.

Zeenat Ahmed

There are around 150 Hindus in the neighbourhood and nearly four families live in each of the houses that were destroyed, according to an elderly resident, Kaali Das. “People were living in cramped houses, separated only by curtains. Over here, we live like animals,” he said, adding that some of these houses were as high as three storeys.

Angered by the builders’ actions, the crowd demanded the government arrange tickets to India for them. “If you don’t want us, we will go to India,” screamed a woman. Another man added that, “our temple is as sacred to us as your mosque is to you.”

For their part, the police denied the existence of the temple completely. The police maintained that they had orders to remove the encroachments. DSP Pervaiz Iqbal of Nabi Buksh police station said, “There was no temple there. There were just Hindu gods present inside the houses and we made sure that they were safe.”

The people were given plenty of time to remove their belongings out of the house, he said. “We did not injure anyone. In fact those people threw stones on us and our SHO Abid Hussain Shah was injured.”

The residents managed, however, to fish out a plaque of the temple from under the debris. Maharaj Badri, who lived inside the temple, also denied that the land was encroached upon. “Our ancestors have been living here way since independence. We are not encroachers,” he said.

Military Lands and Cantonment director Zeenat Ahmed insisted that the temple was “untouched” and denied that it was demolished. The operation was against illegal occupants, she said, adding that temples are old grant property (evacuee property). “The builder had possession of the place since years and these people were encroachers, and encroachers have no religion,” she added.

A video report on the incident can be viewed here.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (117)

  • SHADI
    Dec 2, 2012 - 1:36AM

    Disgusting.

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  • S Vohra
    Dec 2, 2012 - 1:43AM

    Disgusting. All this happening in the, so called liberal and secular, PPP government! God save our minorities when the Sharifs come to power.

    Feel ashamed to be living in a country where my fellow countrymen and their Gods are disrespected so much!

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  • Omer
    Dec 2, 2012 - 1:45AM

    I wonder what we will do if a builder destroys a mosque in Pakistan ? Will we sit and watch ? Horrible. Ashamed to call myself a Pakistani !!

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 2, 2012 - 1:57AM

    A full scale inquiry should be conducted to evaluate the situation while the Sindh High Court was hearing a petition seeking a stay order.

    Does the SHO has powers to supersede the hearing of Sindh High Court?

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  • Ahmed
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:00AM

    I am ashamed being a Pakistani today, Islam teaches us tolerance and we are just herd of money making extremists

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  • The Khan
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:07AM

    People are getting a bit too emotional just because Hindus are involved.
    I personally saw the report and there were just Hindu gods in houses which were built illegally and they werent paying bills at all. Demolishers put the gods safely on the side and didn’t hurt them a bit. The only point which should be investigated is the stealing (allegedly)

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  • Vikas
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:11AM

    Is Islamic Congress Party, sleeping? Where is Mr, Faizal, Hassan Nissar, IK…Now these people will not open their mouth.

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:11AM

    “The people were given plenty of time to remove their belongings out of the house”

    On 13 April 1919 Brigadier-General Reginald E.H. Dyer also gave the crowd at Jalliawala Bagh sufficient time to disperse—– none.

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  • Humdard
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:13AM

    where is sou motu?

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  • Dec 2, 2012 - 2:13AM

    It is not disgusting at all. It exposes the true faces of hypocrites, specially those who go on parading themselves as secular cum liberal.

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  • muslim
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:14AM

    As a Muslim I strongly condemn this illegal and awful act of raising a place of worship. Even if this Hindu Temple was an illegal occupation, court’s decision would have been a final word. I am NOT a legal expert but as a citizen I know that Constitution of Pakistan gives every citizen fundamental right to practice religion.

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  • khalsa
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:17AM

    pakistanis have no ground to shout on persecution of muslims anywhere in world as they themselves are not good follower of peace and liberty

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:20AM

    and encroachers have no religion,” she added.

    I suppose same applied to Kasab and others like him.

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  • harshvardhan sharma
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:27AM

    In terms of actual casualty numbers, Pakistan beats entire Rohingyan score over few years in any given month. and With due cognizance of the troubles of Rohingyan – Kurds, Armenians, Hindus in Pak received not a fraction of the attention Need I say anything more I rest my case

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  • deepok
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:28AM

    Jai Pakistan, welcome to india

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  • Dec 2, 2012 - 2:31AM

    UnIslamic, Shameful and DISGUSTING!

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  • Abu Uzhur
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:33AM

    Most horrid act of blasphemy . Those who demolished the mandir and desecrated

    the Hindu gods should be subjected to full vigour of blasphemy laws . Our ulama

    must launch a country-wide protest condemning this act, and urge stern action against

    the offenders . It is an occasion to show to the world that Muslims respect all religions .

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  • Vijay K
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:37AM

    @Ahmed:
    Take it easy guys. There may be truth in what DSP Pervaiz Iqbal says. I have known people to build temples in Delhi all the time when the Govt tries to demolish unauthorized localities (case in point : the Naraina bottle-neck on Ring Road in Delhi where the road couldn’t be widened because owners of unauthorized shops had built a temple right on the road to protect their shops from being demolished. The temple was later removed but needed a court order which took years). I do agree with Mohammad Ali Siddiqui that the police violated the court’s stay order.

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  • Raj
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:39AM

    Hold on. Let the concerned folks investigate and publish a report. If these are encroachers then there is no shame in demolishing those establishments even if its a temple. However if its found that the grievance are true then the culprits should be sentenced to exemplary punishments irrespective of their religion. Question is can Pakistani government do that?

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  • Sceptical
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:39AM

    And then they observe country wide strikes if Hindus demolish a mosque. Remember Babri Mosque?

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  • umar khan
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:51AM

    i dont know why pakistanis feel we deserve any pity. we oppress ahmedis, shias, hindus, sikhs, and then complain when india thinks we are a nation of terrorists.

    for those who say that most pakistanis arent like this. you are right. no one i know, and almost all my friends, and my family, are pakistani – but you are also completely incorrect

    many pakistanis, maybe even MOST, do not actively support the way minorities are treated in pakistan.

    but how many actually do anything about it? where are the popular uprisings and demonstrations against hindu/sikh treatment in pakistan? where are the well funded NGO’s that do work on their behalf? no where. no one wants to actually do anything about it. because at the end of the day, while no one really cares enough.

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  • Omer
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:59AM

    I am ashamed of being a Pakistani and a citizen of Karachi…
    Please arrange tickets for us too… as my relatives are living a far more better life over there rather than what we are living over here…
    and what about those mosques which are build on encroachments….
    I want to see how they demolish those mosques; as encroachers have no religion!!!

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  • moderatist
    Dec 2, 2012 - 3:03AM

    not enough research provided in the article. I am confused whether they’re “encroachers” or not. is there a specific law that validates an encroachment just because they have occupied it for decades? and if it is an encroachment by law then obviously one cannot build anything there, be it a mosque or a temple. Recommend

  • Sudheer
    Dec 2, 2012 - 3:03AM

    There is no point in complaining, protesting against the atrocities committed against the minorities in Pakistan, because the country has already been delisted from the ranks of civilized nations. The only option left for the rest of the world is to concentrate on how to accommodate the persecuted minorities of Pakistan.
    I, as a citizen of India, demand my government to welcome helpless Paki Hindus into India and rehabilitate them with full government expenses. After all this is the only country in the world where a Hindu can find refuge. Oh yes! I am a secular person, perhaps, more than anyone else. And why do I consider myself as a secular person? The answer is simple, because I was born in a Hindu family.
    Whole of India is secular, because it’s predominantly inhabited by Hindus!!

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  • Ehtisham Ashai
    Dec 2, 2012 - 3:21AM

    Well done Pakistan. You continue to find new lows in human dignity. Ashamed of being part of this monster society.

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  • Fawad
    Dec 2, 2012 - 3:28AM

    This is tragic and shameful both because of the suffering of these poor Pakistani Hindu families and desecration of their religious structure but also for the damage to Pakistan’s diverse cultural heritage. However, deep injustices toward the poor, most vulnerable citizens of the country are now an everyday occurence.

    The state is non-existent and it is as if there is no government. How long can Pakistan survive with this state of utter anarchy?

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  • Fawad
    Dec 2, 2012 - 3:29AM

    This is tragic and shameful both because of the suffering of these poor Pakistani Hindu families and desecration of their religious structure but also for the damage to Pakistan’s diverse cultural heritage. However, deep injustices toward the poor, most vulnerable citizens of the country are now an everyday occurence.

    The state is non-existent and it is as if there is no government. How long can Pakistan survive with this state of utter anarchy?

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  • Nadir
    Dec 2, 2012 - 3:43AM

    Not to mention how conveniently the military land and cantonment officials rush to support private contractors.

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  • s shah
    Dec 2, 2012 - 4:20AM

    What is wrong with us that we can do this to our minorities ? Shame on us!!

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  • Blind
    Dec 2, 2012 - 4:51AM

    Did Hindu realizes when they Shaheed the Babri Masjid ?
    History repeats itself.

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  • American
    Dec 2, 2012 - 4:57AM

    Islam and tolerance…where ? and when ? Is this what they teach you in school ?

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  • Ramski
    Dec 2, 2012 - 4:59AM

    Since the court has given a stay in the demolision of the temple the court should now pull up the person responsible for the distruction and force him to build a new morden temple, larger than the orriginal and should also take part of his land and align it to the temple property. The court should also impose a very heavy fine to discourage others from doing the same.

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  • Wahaj Shariff
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:02AM

    What about thousands of mosques that are built on encroached lands! is action being against these?

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  • shakrullah
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:10AM

    A Hindu citizen of Pakistan voices his agony saying that ” they destroyed our mandir and

    humiliated our gods “.

    ” encroachers have no religion ” is the response of Director Military Lands .

    These statements will haunt me for times to come .Recommend

  • realit is...
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:13AM

    Happens everywhere I guess.

    We will not differentiate between illegal temple or mosque: SC
    Dhananjay Mahapatra May 11, 2011, 01.48am IST

    NEW DELHI: While taking action against illegal and unauthorised religious structures on public land, there will be no differentiation between a temple or a mosque, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday.

    Singed by the court’s September 29, 2009 order banning fresh construction of roadside religious structures and asking states to identify old ones for action against them, Karnataka Wakf Board pleaded for mercy before a bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari, V S Sirpurkar and Deepak Verma.
    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-05-11/india/295318491religious-structures-unauthorised-constructions

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  • Nitish
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:18AM

    That is the reason we dont respect pakis and never let them enter into my Bharat. Overwhelming number of 180 million pakis r bigots.And they have gall to speak about Babri.

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  • Bill Maher (SFO)
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:27AM

    A call for direction action day:
    Let us remove the white strip from the Pakistani national flag and be done with it.
    Why pretend?
    It’s not the government or PPP or Laksher_XXX, It’s we the people letting all this happen.
    ..ps

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  • Eli
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:31AM

    It’s not surprising that a bunch of people who do not belong to the religion whose name is added to the name of the country are mistreated in that country. I feel sorry for these people but at the same time I think they are stupid to have stayed back after it became clear that this country’s reason for existence is based on one particular religion.

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  • Observer
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:34AM

    This is one of hundreds of temples destroyed in Pakistan. Nothing new. Non-Islamic religions have no chance in an islamic country, especially Pakistan.

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:50AM

    After reading this wanton destruction of place of worship in the heart of Karachi, I am disgusted at the GOP, at GOS and the Military managed Cantonment Board that allowed this to happen when legal proceeding were under way in Court. Cowasjee died bemoaning loss of Jinnah’s Pakistan. No one learnt a single lesson from Cowasjee’s writings. When Taliban come shooting our girls in the head like Malala, we find healing in a British hospital. When some major surgery becomes necessary, we go to an Indian hospital to get better. Pakistanis are an incorrigible people. Like the Hindus at the temple today, I too want to migrate to India and leave behind all that is ugly, horrible and unclean. Goodbye…..

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  • Zach Khan
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:53AM

    Blasphemy Law to the Rescue! Oh wait…that’s reserved for prosecuting 14 year old girls belonging to minorities only.Recommend

  • amirliaqat
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:58AM

    I wonder how we would’ve reacted if the Indian govt razed a mosque somewhere in India. We would’ve blown our top off and gone nuts! I wonder when our mullah driven society will realize this hypocrisy embedded in our population and understand thats why we’re losing face internationally.

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  • Nitish
    Dec 2, 2012 - 6:38AM

    ET,post my comments……Recommend

  • nathan
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:14AM

    Disgusting and hypocritical. Just like terrorism, greed has no religion. The same lust for money resulted in the operation against the poor christian girl with Down’s syndrome. But internationally Pakistan gets a bad name for treatment of its minorities.

    Who should be held accountable? Pakistan collectively as its people? This is certainly no CIA/ RAW? MOSAD plot?

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  • True Indian
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:15AM

    Pakistani comments here give me hint that Pakistan is changing and changing for gud…But I won’t give my opinion or say anything on this incident as this is Pakistan’s internal matter….

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  • C. Nandkishore
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:19AM

    Allow them to come to India.

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  • NAkhtar
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:20AM

    The entire nation is shameful on this shameful act.
    Our religion allwos to respect other religion,holy places.
    What are we doing here.We are challanging the Edict of our creators.
    It is very much disgusting and sorrowful.

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  • s shah
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:21AM

    Photograph of little boy holding Pakistani flag, despite the treatment meted out to him and to all minorities, is heart breaking.

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  • Ansari
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:27AM

    This is utterly despicable: its a issue that should be of national concern and the builders involved should be held accountable for such a horrific act. I am shocked and disgusted and enraged by this! This should not be permissible anywhere. Especially with Pakistan’s history, it is of utmost utmost importance for Pakistani institutions to bring to account anyone that demeans the religious practice of fellow Pakistanis. We need to collectively think about what it means for the country if the religious practice of fellow citizens can be so easily bulldozed out of the way. In such a country, no one is safe…but more importantly, its not just our bodies that are under threat, but our very ideals and morals…

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  • Dec 2, 2012 - 7:43AM

    All you sympathisers should get together and raise money for these Hindus. Put your money where your mouth is.

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  • Insaan
    Dec 2, 2012 - 8:15AM

    I hope good Pakistanis will support rebuilding of temple.

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  • tausif hassan
    Dec 2, 2012 - 8:19AM

    we are no longer proud to be pakistani after this

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  • Siddique Malik
    Dec 2, 2012 - 8:35AM

    @The Khan:
    What would you say if a mosque is destroyed somewhere and before it is destroyed, the demolishers take all the religious material and put it aside safely?
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.

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  • Nitish
    Dec 2, 2012 - 8:44AM

    Come back to India.This country is not yours anymore.Pakistani muslims r cruel people.

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  • American
    Dec 2, 2012 - 8:45AM

    Islam and tolerance…where ? and when ? Is this what they teach you in school ?Recommend

  • Sid Taji
    Dec 2, 2012 - 8:58AM

    Why this injustice was inflicted upon the handful of Hindu minority left in the country? As a muslim I am very sad and shocked at this action. These people must be properly compensated and provided land to make a new temple.

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  • Javelin
    Dec 2, 2012 - 8:58AM

    @The Khan:
    Whose report did you see? “Demolishers put the gods safely on the side and didn’t hurt them a bit.” This is laughable! What you hurt is the religious feeling of people who beleive in their God and not yours. This is a cowardly act and you know it.

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  • Satan
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:00AM

    @The Khan: Couldnt agree more.

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  • Norouz Baloch
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:08AM

    My sympathies with you ashamed Pakistanis. You are living in a state which has no value for other religions and minorities.

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  • Siddique Malik
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:10AM

    What would you say if a mosque is destroyed somewhere and before it is destroyed, the demolishers take all the religious material and put it aside safely?
    Siddique Malik, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.Recommend

  • Yaida M
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:18AM

    Pakistan has just lost all moral authority to talk about the Babri Masjid demolition. Totally disgusting event.

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  • gp65
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:23AM

    This incident will soon be forgotten in Pakistan just as the church that was burnt on the Love your prophet day is no longer talked about. But they will continue to talk about Babri Masjid incident that happened in India 20 years back.

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  • Benazeer Abbas
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:23AM

    I am really embarrassed from this news. How can I expect they will respect any mosque in India. Please stop this hatred towards minorities. They are equal to us according to Islam. Very sorry Hindu fellows I don’t know when a tolerant society will be reality in Pakistan.

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  • curious
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:33AM

    @Ahmed. I’m afraid it is not just Muslims who are money hungry extremists. You should start reading articles about Hindu extremists in India and their land grabbing tactics. It is just human nature. Also the person who actually owns the property has the legal right to demolish whatsoever that is illegally built on their property. Professional squatters need to be shown a lesson. Totally agree with @The Khan. People need to start thinking rationally and with less emotion.

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  • Muhammad Hasnain Gilani
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:44AM

    Why does an action against some persons is portrayed as a minority issue without finding out the facts. The people should show restraint before passing on comments. There are chances of personal benefits on both sides as it is court issue since long.

    Media please; have a thoroughly investigations and point out the culprits instead of making a issue of conflict in the society.

    A Peshawary

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  • Muhammad Hasnain Gilani
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:47AM

    @Its (still) Econonmy Stupid:
    The economics works on the both side on the coin not one.
    A Peshawary

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  • Zalim singh
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:55AM

    Anybody burns a Quran, the whole Muslim world reacts. Should Hindus not react in a similar way?

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  • jism
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:03AM

    “The builder had possession of the place since years and these people were encroachers, and encroachers have no religion,” she added.

    the obvious religious hatred and bigotry is evident here.
    The most astounding and shameless part is”encroachers have no religion” , astounding and shameless because it comes form a woman; of all, we expect at least the woman to show good nature and rationale thinking, but, if this how the women are being indoctrinated to hate religious minorities, i see a great future in waiting.

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  • Amir
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:08AM

    I was already ashamed to be a Pakistani, and now I am also ashamed to be a Muslim. Remember how we cried against Babri Masjid. And now this. People responsible should be taken to task. We have become a mafia society where might is right. We dont care about anything.

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  • ali
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:10AM

    we should remove the term islamic from our official name “islamic republic of pakistan” because there is nothing islamic about pakistan any more.

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  • Oglu
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:15AM

    This country is dead. I find the comment by Military lands person astonishing.

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  • Bisharat Ali
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:25AM

    Its really a said moment that a worship place is destroyed in Karachi. I wonder what would have been our reaction if mosque would have been destroyed? I feel ashamed that I as a citizen cant do tangible for fellow citizens, Hindus in Karachi. I appeal Chief Justice of Pakistan to take notice of this temple destruction and provide justice to the victims.

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  • Ghulam Mustafa Chaniho
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:30AM

    This all was done under the supervision of the LEAs, there is no hope for justice. The builder mafia in Karachi is stronger than the courts.

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  • hasan
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:32AM

    another sad and dark day in this collapsed country… sadly there are hardly any comments in this article, as most of our muslim brothers are happy and enjoying this article sitting at the comfort of homes. Shame on pakistan..

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  • sh(india)
    Dec 2, 2012 - 11:09AM

    This is how bal thackeray was born. This is how anders breivik was born. There is no secularism in islamic countries.

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  • ss
    Dec 2, 2012 - 12:18PM

    really really disgustin.Recommend

  • FS
    Dec 2, 2012 - 1:13PM

    The builder should be arrested and put on trial on at least three counts: a) for blasphemy b) for violating the stay order of Sindh High Court. c) for robbery

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  • John F
    Dec 2, 2012 - 2:07PM

    @amirliaqat: @Siddique Malik: @Yaida M: @gp65: @Amir:
    I don’t understand what the hullabaloo is all about. Pakistan is an Islamic country and like all other Islamic countries it is not required to respect other religions (same as Saudi or Maldives). At least Pakistan is more tolerant because as an Islamic country it allows churches and temples. Ever heard of a temple or church in Saudi? By Saudi standards, the burning of churches or razing of temples is OK in a Islamic country. But India is secular. The destruction of Babri Masjid in a secular country is unforgivable. A secular country needs to maintain the standards of humanity.

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  • Dec 2, 2012 - 3:33PM

    Dear minority Hindus,

    We the Hindus, believe in communal harmony. It is believed as per the Hindu scriptures that every soul is guided by divinity. Demolition of mere structures never represent the demolition of the faith. There is a clear difference between religion and faith. The Hindu is not a religion rather way of life. Every brick of the structure posseses the divine quality.Do not grow angry regarding the demolition. May those hands razed it get the best reward. So the common people of Pakistan has been known for their high regards for the communal harmony are their comments posted above. I feel indebted towards those who aired their opinion opposing the heinous demolition. Recommend

  • Pratik Mehra
    Dec 2, 2012 - 3:41PM

    Think what will happen do if a builder destroys a mosque in Pakistan? Why this Act cant come under blasphemy law?

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  • jitesh
    Dec 2, 2012 - 3:48PM

    No land for poor pakistani hindus.

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  • Dec 2, 2012 - 4:18PM

    @FS:
    “The builder should be arrested and put on trial on at least three counts: a) for blasphemy b) for violating the stay order of Sindh High Court. c) for robbery”

    .
    Your disgust is quite understandable. The news message has already been over sensitised, it would be advisable to revisit the incident and furnish the readers further reports and in greater detail. The little one knows would continue to obfuscate a clearer grip on the development of events.
    One can ask:
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    a, Did any of he objects belonging to the residents or the temple itself “robbed”.
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    b, Did the builder, if he is required to obtain approval of demolishing any structure, get the permit? Is a special permit required to tear down structures which have historic or religious significance?
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    c, Were the residents, encroaches or not forewarned about demolition, and how many days in advance should this act take place?
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    d, Was any religious building effected by demolition?
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    e, Were the residential units built on the said “encroached” land?
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    f, If there are similar pieces of land occupied illegally by covering the same storm-drain, what legal action has been taken in such cases?

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  • aam admi with clear heart
    Dec 2, 2012 - 4:25PM

    i am very shocked by storyof this hapless people who are living for centuries and it seem evacue property,,handing globe with power,they might have changed paper and captured by force because lot of paper are not made in past,it is heartless system which allowed settler to go homeless,,shameful society in india,those who is living for 30 years as tenents are owner and tenancy act authorised them right to own property paying partially sum, it is shocked to see temple for centrury old is demolished by builder just for money,,,still petition is pending incourt,,
    pakistan is notorious for 2100 sindhi girls getting married and then pushed to prostitution ,their is no right for minority whole islam system is brought shame to pakistan,,shame ful creature ,how long this unjustice will prevail,,,,pakistani needs human right in uk,usa,but not their own citizen needs minimum rightRecommend

  • aam admi with clear heart
    Dec 2, 2012 - 4:27PM

    pakistan is fit nation for neclear test according to british parliamentarian,Recommend

  • Secular
    Dec 2, 2012 - 4:28PM

    Well people would never feel the pain of leaving their homeland.

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  • Jammy
    Dec 2, 2012 - 4:45PM

    good story as we need to highlight more issue s

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  • FJ
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:11PM

    What a shame this news has brought to all Pakistanis, especially Muslim Pakistani :(

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  • American
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:20PM

    @aam admi with clear heart:

    pakistan is fit nation for neclear test according to british parliamentarian,

    Don’t be surprised if all countries agree with that British Parliamentarian…nuking the country may be the only solution left…

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  • Mushtaq
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:51PM

    Here we go again. Yet another embarrasment for the overseas pakistanis. You pakistanis sitting in your homes and allowing such should be ashamed. News like these reach all the world in no time these days. This is the age of tolerance. Keep your religion to yourself. You dont need to look down at every other religion but islam. I bet the arabs also are ashamed for converting us to islam..

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  • Feedom Seeker
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:56PM

    This builder should be charged under blasphemy law.

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  • Sudarsanam
    Dec 2, 2012 - 5:59PM

    I sympathize and at the same time unhappy with these people. Knowing that they are second class citizens why did they stay on?

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  • Insaan
    Dec 2, 2012 - 6:09PM

    @Sudheer: “I, as a citizen of India, demand my government to welcome helpless Paki Hindus into India and rehabilitate them with full government expenses. After all this is the only country in the world where a Hindu can find refuge. Oh yes! I am a secular person, perhaps, more than anyone else. And why do I consider myself as a secular person? The answer is simple, because I was born in a Hindu family.”

    Government of Pakistan should pay for the land grab, mental torture and suffering.
    Best thing will be all good Pakistanis should come together and help rebuild the temple and houses. According to some other News reports temple has been there for over 100 years.

    If other minorities don’t support Hindus, same thing will happen to Shia and Ahmadi mosques and Christian churches.

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  • Happens
    Dec 2, 2012 - 6:34PM

    Where are the people who went on rampage ?It’s a monolithic religion , the earlier we wake up , earlier world will be saved . Yesterday brother duo arrested in USA in terrorism charges .He was only 13 and had roots in Pakistan.

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  • Mahim Maher
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:07PM

    The builders pulled a fast one. The builder’s lawyer posed as the petitioners’ lawyer and got the stay order in court and THAT’s how the temple was demolished. Read the related story: http://bit.ly/TyLDAT

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  • bangalorean
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:12PM

    I am actually proud of both Pakistani s and Indians in this forum here…Because I never saw both us support a cause together till now.Everywhere we start fighting with each other. I think this is the new India/Pakistan with youngster s from both sides and religions fighting for the right things.I am really proud of everyone of you, your comments speak of humanity than religion.Hat s off

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  • Dec 2, 2012 - 7:35PM

    Demolosher shud’nt do this,,,

    Instead of Temple,If there were an mosque,,then what they will do?????

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  • fairyland
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:45PM

    sad to hear. pakistan protect the minorities plzzzz

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  • Muhammad Farooq
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:51PM

    It appears that authorities are fully involved in this act at the same time when the case for stay order on demolition was being heard by the court. This act ( i don’t know what adjective to use for it) shows complete disregard for law of the land by the executive branch of the government.

    Needless to say it shows how intolerant, selfish and materialistic we have become over period of time.

    Is there anyone who can provide justice to those affected by this most unwarranted most ugly act.

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  • Muhammad Farooq
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:55PM

    Excellent suggestion abdussamad; the govt and its functionaries should demolish place of worship of minority community and public should do fund raising to help the victims. Thank you. where is my check book?

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  • Deepak
    Dec 2, 2012 - 7:56PM

    Pakistan has taken ethnic cleansing of Hindus to a new level. It has managed to nearly wipe out Hindu civilization from the place of its birth per se. Pakistan now has less than 2% Hindus/Sikhs. In 1971, its army ordered killing of all Hindus in E Pakistan with disastrous results. The world community must get together to put an end to radicalism and excesses in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Rakib
    Dec 2, 2012 - 8:45PM

    If the temple is a century old, it must have been a protected monument. The saving grace is most of the Pak commentators here have the grace to condemn this act. The people that can really help Hindus in Pakistan are such non-Hindus.And Muslims in India can be supported powerfully only by non-Muslims. Since everybody is in minority in some way or the other at some time or the other our level of civilised conduct is determined by the way we treat the ones who do not have the volume of numbers on their side. (2) In India a temple demolition does not raise as big a hue & cry as a mosque or church demolition would. In Pak media the opposite may stand true. Paradoxical happenings are commonplace as the following show: In 2008 Narendra Modi CM despite being the archetypal Hindu Rightist bulldozed 200 Hindu temples,which he termed “illegal”,in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar alone. Barring a few grumblings nothing much was done by Gujaratis in protest. In 2011 a Muslim-friendly Delhi City Govt, armed with a court order demolished an “illegally” constructed small mosque in Jangupura, Nizamuddin. Massive protest were held. And who led the demonstrations? Jangpura’s MLA Tarvinder Singh Marwah, a non-Muslim, who belonged to the ruling party.

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  • DarKnight
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:23PM

    The biggest mistake done by Hindus are that they believed the speech of Mr. Jinnah and chose to stay in a country which came into existence in the name of Islam and created for Muslims……It is time to seek asylum in the neighboring country……

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  • Akash
    Dec 2, 2012 - 9:46PM

    Seriously this is not good. Im a common hindu guy in pakistan. i can protest. but how much and i know the reason,that here is only the value of Cash , Ministers , or a Sourceful Men. NO words to say bcoz no worth of your words.

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  • Hina
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:00PM

    When I was in the US over the summer I heard about a mosque that was burned to the ground by some criminals, so some of the non muslim religious people in the neighborhood donated money to help build a new one! That is tolerance at it’s peak and Pakistani’s should help do the same. We should help these people who have become homeless due to some ungodly builder, We should also deman they get a place to worship. It is their right as Pakistanis. They are pakistani! “you can tell alot about a country by the way it treats it’s minorities” This is not Islam and I’m ashamed to be a pakistani today!Recommend

  • Jockey
    Dec 2, 2012 - 10:19PM

    @Omer: This was an operation against land encroachment, not religion. Many mosques have been demolished for identical reasons:
    “CDA demolished 7 mosques around January 2007 in the capital city of Islamabad which were reportedly built illegally on government’s land. One of those mosques were built some 100 years ago”

    PS: Public land is a better term than government land, imo, but the Raj mentality lingers…

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  • Arun K Upadhyaya
    Dec 3, 2012 - 1:12AM

    @Blind:Actions of a few misguided hindus can never be termed as an action by d hindu community.Babri masjid demolition was condemned officially by d govt of india as well as a majority of d hindus and an un conditional apology extended time and again by all concerned.Attempts have been made to rebuild it bt a rigid posture of some wid vested interests have eluded a quick solution to d vexed issue.Remember dis too dat it was not a mosque at d time of demolition as no prayer had been made der for years and also dat it is a fact dat it was built on d ruins of a demolished temple.And do u believe in a tit for tat action.Wd u appreciate if mosques r brought down in reaction to dis episode ? what is wrong is wrong and trying to give lame excuses is trying shamelessly to cover d feeliing of guilt and pave d way for a total absense of d rule of law. Thanx !

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  • Rehan
    Dec 3, 2012 - 5:38AM

    If Mehmood Ghaznavi (Great Extortionist) is hero of Pak. nation then Demolishing of Temples, Churches and Gurdvary are expected

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  • Yaida M
    Dec 3, 2012 - 2:08PM

    How can Muslims expect respect for Islam when they have little respect for other religions?

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  • Ashish Kumar
    Dec 3, 2012 - 5:34PM

    This is a shameful act! However can’t expect any respect for religious minorities in Islamic Pakistan. Well why don’t the Pakistanis understand their forefathers were once Hindus. Hindusium roots are in sindh ( the land of sadhus), why is there a madness in sindh killing every day. Well I’m not asking Muslims to convert back to their parent religion but atleast think what have we gained in this conversion.

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  • Rakib
    Dec 3, 2012 - 10:16PM

    Angered by the builders’ actions, the crowd demanded the government arrange tickets to India for them. “If you don’t want us, we will go to India,” screamed a woman.

    This is troublesome.Worst thing one can do in life is to issue a warning & then leave it at that. It only makes the loyalty of community further suspect in the eyes of neighbours. That is one reason why a Muslim in India never talks of migrating away; he simply doesn’t or he quietly does it but he threatens not in vein. I do not belittle any body’s sorrow or an outburst in a moment of extreme anguish but Pak-Hindu approach is wrong,IMO. It is not worth losing local loyalties for distant dreams.It is better to stay on & fight for one’s rights with the support of fair minded fellow-Pakistanis. A Hindu Sindhi will find more in common with a Muslim Sindhi than with a Marattha or Tamil Hindu. That said, safety of one’s life is paramount & if there is such a break down of law & order that Hindu lives are specifically in danger & if they are targeted merely for what they are then the decision to move must be implemented. But if it is for the sake of demolition of a place of worship or suspect conversions then a migration based on evaporating emotions will be regretted one day.

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  • Shomik
    Dec 4, 2012 - 1:37AM

    Aurangazeb tried to demolish the Bamiyan budhas centuries back….and finally the upholders of that barbarous mentality succeeded some years back.
    The history of the subcontinent is replete with examples of temples being raided, destroyed by Muslim conquerors.
    So I am not surprised at this recent incident, which is only part of a pattern.

    And inspite of all that has happened over the centuries, the demotion of the Babri masjid remains an aberration, and is even today an event which remains very much alive in Indian politics.

    The destruction of this temple I am certain, will be forgotten in a few weeks, like all the hundreds of others which have been over the centuries.

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  • islam-means-peace
    Dec 4, 2012 - 1:39AM

    This is indeed a very shameful act and I condemned it. Having said that, I would like to ask my indian brothers, what about Golden temple and Babari Masjid? Weren’t those places of worship and they suffered worst kind of state sponsored terrorism.

    Here is link for my libral pakistani brothers who always think this kind incidents only happen in Pakistan.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/india/2012/12/121203babrimasjidayodhyasz.shtml

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  • Manjeet Singh
    Dec 4, 2012 - 10:26AM

    It’s the land mafia in connivance with Muslim rulers taking away what ever is left of Hindu’s and other communities including Shia’s.

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  • M Ahmed
    Dec 6, 2012 - 12:24AM

    This is societal and state degradation. When few influential people in society can conspire with controlling institutions to violate human rights, civil rights and throw away any ethical norms. If SHC does not hold people responsible for their crimes, it is an indication that Mafia will be ruling and those who are in government may one day succumb to the same tyranny when they are out of power.

    For those who in their religious zeal don’t speak up, just remember, God has destroyed great civilizations who were not just, and could not treat their citizens equally, you will be accomplices in downfall for your silence.

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  • Huzaifa
    Dec 6, 2012 - 7:24AM

    Sad how everyone is so quick to pull the trigger on condemnation. Ironically, it seems that the few voices of reason in the horde of uninformed commentators are from across the border.

    Not commenting whether Hindus are treated equal to Muslims here. That is a fair topic for debate.

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  • Born again Indian
    Dec 10, 2012 - 8:37PM

    @ John F

    “@amirliaqat: @Siddique Malik: @Yaida M: @gp65: @Amir:
    I don’t understand what the hullabaloo is all about. Pakistan is an Islamic country and like all other Islamic countries it is not required to respect other religions (same as Saudi or Maldives). At least Pakistan is more tolerant because as an Islamic country it allows churches and temples. Ever heard of a temple or church in Saudi? By Saudi standards, the burning of churches or razing of temples is OK in a Islamic country. But India is secular. The destruction of Babri Masjid in a secular country is unforgivable. A secular country needs to maintain the standards of humanity.”

    I am an Indian and I second that, third that and will agree with that all day long and twice on Sundays. It is easy to be bashful of others and not judge your own actions.

    It is not an excuse, but after Babri incident, I have not heard of anything that happened even on a smaller scale. I am sure there were incidences that did not make the national news.

    Overall, I disagree with any country being of a certain religion. That’s just insane.

    ..Peace

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  • Manoj Dey
    Dec 13, 2012 - 7:20AM

    I am an Indian and a Hindu , I was very much disappointed while reading this article and then I read comments posted to understand how does a Pakistani takes this incidence, and I was glad to see so many Pakistanis with compassionate and secular outlook towards the incidence.
    In every society there are people who play with people sentiments with sentiments of the people, but it was a great feeling on reading this comments, I see there is a hope for Pakistan with so many people with sense of justice.

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