Pakistan Historic Hindu temple vandalised



Islamabad: Unidentified
men yesterday vandalised a historic Hindu temple in Peshawar city of
northwest Pakistan that was reopened on the orders of a court last year,
police officials and local residents said.

The attackers burnt
pictures and damaged a shiv ling inside Gorakhnath Temple and took away
idols from the shrine located within an archaeological complex in Gor
Gathri area, leaders of the Hindu community said.


The shrine's
custodian told the media that this was the third attack on the temple in
the past two months.

When police officers visited the temple to
probe the incident, Hindu leaders urged them to put in place better
security measures to prevent such incidents.

The temple's
custodian told police that he had seen a group of eight men inside the
temple when he arrived there at 6.30 pm.

The men started burning
pictures and holy books before fleeing with some idols, he said.

Members
of the minority Hindu community rushed to the temple.

Footage on
television showed burnt papers and utensils lying strewn on the floor of
the temple.

The 160-year-old temple was reopened for Hindus last
year on the orders of the Peshawar High Court.

It has been closed
since Partition.

The temple was reopened after Phool Wati, the
daughter of the shrine's cleric, petitioned the High Court.





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