Minority Protection: PHC orders inquiry into temple vandalism

Published: May 23, 2012
Judge condemns vandalism at Guru Goraknath Temple, directs police to enhance security at minority worship places. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Judge condemns vandalism at Guru Goraknath Temple, directs police to enhance security at minority worship places. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE


Peshawar High Court’s chief justice has taken serious notice of vandalism at a Hindu temple and ordered an inquiry.

Justice Dost Muhammad Khan condemned Sunday night’s vandalism at Guru Goraknath Temple in Peshawar and directed the capital city police officer (CCPO), Imtiaz Altaf, to enhance security measures at all worship places of minorities.

He also ordered District Coordination Officer Siraj Ahmad Khan and CCPO Altaf to conduct an inquiry into the attack and submit their report within the next three days.

Unidentified men broke into the temple, smashed a holy figurine and burnt down scriptures and images of Hindu deities. The Hindu community had abandoned the temple after partition of the subcontinent in 1947 and no rituals could take place inside for decades because of some land dispute. Last year, the PHC had handed over its custody to the Hindu community.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2012.

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    May 23, 2012 - 9:43AM

    Its heartening to read that Pakistan courts are now taking action against people who indulge in communal activities. If you don’t treat your minorities well, don’t expect the same from others where you are in minority.


  • Muhammad
    May 23, 2012 - 9:45AM

    If this was an attack at a mosque somewhere, the whole community would be up in arms but when its the muslims who commit voilence against other religions, the whole community simply shuts up and hence prove themselves to be hypocrites of the highest order.


  • Sunny
    May 23, 2012 - 11:19AM

    Thanks PHC !! but i don’t hope we’ll ever get justice in Pakistan ..


  • naeem hussain
    May 23, 2012 - 11:23AM

    My friend there is no doubt that it is being done to make trouble in Pakistan at every level to provoke communities against each other. I have no doubt that it is all being done on the instructions of the enemies of Pakistan. There are efforts to break a civil war in Pakistan we should recognize our common enemy. What ever is happened with you religious place is not right and no body support it.@Rajendra Kalkhande:


  • solo
    May 23, 2012 - 12:26PM

    @Muhammad: Was about to say exactly the same and then saw your comment :)


  • Falcon
    May 23, 2012 - 6:34PM

    Real sad. Feel partially relieved to see that PHC has taken notice.


  • sat
    May 24, 2012 - 6:21AM

    there are lot more inteligent and educated people in pakistan.they are silant people. they are speaking out now. watch them they will be majorty .


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