Hindus pardon mob accused of vandalising temple in Pakistan

Peshawar, Mar 14 (PTI):
The Hindu community in Pakistan’s restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to pardon the mob that vandalised and burned down a century-old temple in the province.
The local clerics and members of the Hindu community held a meeting to resolve the dispute.
As per the dialogue, informally called ‘jigra’, the accused have tendered an apology over the attack and a similar incident in 1997. The Muslim clerics have assured full protection to the Hindus and their rights as per the country’s Constitution. A reconciliation statement from the meeting would be presented to the Supreme Court, in a bid to secure the release of the accused from detention. On December 30 last year, a mob led by some local clerics and members of radical Islamist party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam vandalised the temple and an adjoining ‘samadhi’ and set it on fire in Terri village of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak district. Speaking to the media after the meeting with the local Ulema, Pakistan Hindu Council Chairman Ramesh Kumar said the incident had hurt the feelings of Hindus across the world. Kumar, who is also a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf lawmaker, said KPK Chief Minister Mahmood Khan had chaired the ‘jirga’ proceedings and thanked him for settling the matter amicably.

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