Continuing with its assault on Pakistan’s hypocrisy on minorities in international forums, India called out Islamabad for remaining a mute spectator when a mob burned and destroyed a historic Hindu temple in District Karak in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa region. India gave this statement at the United Nations during the adoption of Resolution on Promoting a culture of peace & tolerance to safeguard religious sites.
India said without naming the perpetrating community that in December 2020, a historic Hindu temple was attacked and set on fire by a mob in the town of Karak in Pakistan with explicit support and connivance with the law enforcement agencies which and accused the Imran Khan government of being a “mute spectator” while the historic temple was being demolished by Muslim fanatics.
“In the world of growing terrorism, violent extremism, radicalization and intolerance, religious sites and cultural heritage sites remain vulnerable to terror acts and destruction, India said and recalled shattering of iconic Bamyan Buddha by fundamentalists.
India cited also the incident of terrorists bombing Sikh gurudwara in Afghanistan where 25 worshippers were killed.
“United Nations including the UN Alliance of Civilizations should not take sides and as long as such selectivity exists, the world can never truly foster a culture of peace. We must stand united against the forces that supplant dialogue and peace with hatred and violence,” India said.
In December 2020, a violent mob led by supporters of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party (Fazal ur Rehman group) had protested against the temple’s expansion work in the district. The mob demolished not only the newly-built structure but also the old temple.
Local clerics had gathered outside the holy shrine and gave speeches telling the mob to destroy the temple.
Every year, hundreds of women and young girls from the vulnerable minority community in Pakistan are abducted and forcefully converted to Islam.
A well-oiled nexus of Muslim clerics, local cops and administration officials actively collaborate to target young women from the minority community with several reports stating that the girls are minors.