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KARACHI | Dec. 2nd 2012 :: In a hectic operation with all Islamic enthusiasm to vandalize an ‘infidel place of worship’, a Pakistani Muslim builder agency demolished a century-old Hindu temple in Soldier Bazaar in Karachi on Saturday morning while the Sindh High Court was hearing a petition seeking a stay order.
Apart from razing down the pre-partition Shri Rama Pir Mandir, the private builder also demolished four or five Hindu houses located next to it. Over 40 people of Hindu faith has become homeless as a result.
“They destroyed our mandir and humiliated our gods,” said an angry Prakash, pointing towards the huge debris of concrete, stones and walls of the temple. The demolishing team did place the statues of four Hindu deities on the side but the residents accused them of taking away their gold jewellery and crowns.
Pointing to bruises on his arms, another man identified as Lakshman said, “They hit me with their guns when I tried to stop them. I told them to kill me instead of destroying our holy place.“
A woman named Banwri said the demolition team arrived at around 11 am while she was preparing breakfast.
She rushed outside when she heard the sound of a bulldozer and was given instructions to move her bed, cupboard and other essential items outside her home.
“I watched my house go down in just minutes and I couldn’t do anything,” she said.
Banwri said that during the demolition, the area was cordoned off by police and paramilitary Pakistan Rangers.
Outsiders were not allowed to enter the area, she added.
Saveeta was among the 40-odd people who lost their homes. With her husband away from Karachi, she said she and her three children would spend the nights in the open.
The area around the temple had 150 Hindu residents and some four families lived in each of the houses that were demolished, according to an elderly resident named Kaali Das.
“People were living in cramped houses, separated only by curtains. Over here, we live like animals,” he said.
Angered by the demolition, the Hindus demanded that the Pak government should arrange tickets to India for them. “If you don’t want us, we will go to India,” screamed a woman.
They protested the demolition by the builder and the lack of action on the part of authorities.
Pak President Asif Ali Zardari took note of reports of the demolition of the temple in Karachi and sought a report on the incident from concerned authorities, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.
Zardari reiterated the governments commitment to continue safeguarding the rights of minorities as enshrined in the Constitution to ensure that no discrimination was made to any community in any manner.
Actually big talks and assurance like these from Pak authorities to the dying Hindu People of Pakistan do not carry any meaning. Under a definite conspiracy, the 16% strength of Hindu populace in 1947 in Pakistan has come down to a crying 1.86% now as a prominent symbol of last days for Pakistani Hindus anyway. Each and every day the dignity and the Rights of living of Hindus in Pakistan is narrowing in a vanishing point.
India should take direct initiatives to liberate Sindh as a Free State to ensure that land as a place of Free Thinkers, Secular People, Universal Brotherhood and the sanctuary of Pak Hindus. Unless there will be no Hindu in Pakistan after the next ten years.
In Bharat (India), the Shiva Sena and other Hindu Organisations are protesting over these issues of rampant persecution over Pakistani Hindu Citizens time and again by both the Pakistani Muslim Citizens and the various Pak authorities & other Talibani organisations.
Input and Courtesy: Express Tribune | India Today.
BJP activists burn Pakistan flag in protest to Rama Pir Temple at Karachi.TNN | Dec 4, 2012, 02.58 PM IST :: KANPUR: Activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) burnt the national flag of Pakistan at Parade crossing protesting against demolition of Ram Pir temple. The temple was demolished in Pakistan on Sunday.
On the occasion, Surendra Maithani, district convener of the BJP and legislator Salil Vishnoi said the Pakistan police and Army had been inflicting atrocities on the Hindu minority in Pakistan demolition of temple there was a glaring example. After this a flag of the neighbouring country was burnt by the BJP members who demanded Central Government to cancel the India-Pakistan cricket series scheduled to begin from January. The activists also said Pakistani nationals should not be given VISA for coming to India to see cricket matches.
Surendra Maithani said if Pakistan was not given a befitting reply, the activists of BJP will hit the streets in protest and said that Kanpur unit of BJP will write to Pakistan embassy to register their protest.
Among those who burnt Pakistan flag were Sunil Bajaj, Rakesh Sonkar, Neena Awasthi, Mohit Pandey, Amit Bathan and some others. [Courtesy: TOI].