Pakistan probes Hindu temple desecration during India’s protest

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A Hindu gesture towards a damaged statue in a temple that was vandalized by attackers on Friday, June 10, 2022, in Karachi, Pakistan.

Highlight

  • Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry is trying to trace the suspects who desecrated a Hindu temple
  • The statement came a day after New Delhi condemned the incident
  • Prophet. But the anger against India is increasing in Pakistan over Nupur Sharma’s comment.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that officials are trying to trace and arrest the suspects who this week desecrated a Hindu temple at a house in the country’s port city of Karachi, a move that India is condemning. Is.

In a statement, the ministry said an investigation was still underway and those who attacked the temple on Wednesday before fleeing the scene “will not escape justice and the government will deal with them with full force.”

The statement came a day after New Delhi condemned the incident. India’s foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi on Thursday expressed concern over the temple vandalism, saying it was “another act in the systematic persecution of religious minorities” in Pakistan.

However, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry rejected Bagchi’s allegation of systematic persecution, saying that such violence against minority Muslims is taking place in India.

Anger against India has been rising in Pakistan since last week, when two spokespersons of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party made the remarks as an insult to the prophet of Islam and his wife Ayesha. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party suspended one official and expelled another, saying it denounces insults to religious figures.

On Friday, more than 10,000 supporters of the Islamist hardline Tehreek-e-Labiaq Pakistan party rallied in the eastern city of Lahore, denouncing New Delhi’s claim that the protesters had failed to act against two politicians who fought against Islam. Blasphemous remarks were made. Prophet.

Party’s youth leader Saad Rizvi addressed the crowd in Lahore. The party rose to prominence in Pakistan’s 2018 elections, campaigning on the single issue of defending the country’s controversial blasphemy law, which calls for the death penalty for anyone who insults Islam.

A similar rally, which was attended by more than 2,000 Islamists, was also held in Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province.

Pakistan and India have a history of bitter relations. Since gaining independence from British colonial rule in 1947, the nuclear-armed nations have fought two of their three wars over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, divided between them but both claiming their entirety.

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