New Delhi (NVI): In another case of religious intolerance towards minorities in Pakistan, a Hindu temple was destroyed in Karak district of Kohat division in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province by a mob of led by local clerics, according to reports.
The Hindus had obtained permission from the administration to extend the temple but local clerics arranged a mob to destroy the temple while police and administration remained silent spectators, said the reports.
Videos of the incident showed a large mob at the temple with some men breaking the walls and roof of the temple. A plume of smoke rising from the structure showed attempts to burn and raze down the temple.
This is not the first time that a Hindu temple has been vandalised in Pakistan. In October this year, a Hindu temple was vandalised by a person in Pakistan’s southeast Sindh province.
According to the local police, a Hindu minority member alleged that a person had damaged the idols kept in the makeshift temple in the remote Badin district and fled.
In a similar incident in November in Sindh province, a Hindu temple was vandalised by an angry mob that also attempted to attack over 300 Hindu families. However, the mob was stopped by Muslims from entering the century-old neighbourhood, a local media report said.
Hindus form the biggest minority community in Pakistan. According to the official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus live in Pakistan, mostly in Sindh province.