Hindu Temple Destroyed by Mob in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province

KARAK, PAKISTAN, December 30, 2020 : A mob of over a hundred people led by local Muslim clerics destroyed and set on fire a Hindu temple in Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. A video clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pERGSc3iR5o) is going viral on social media, in which a violent mob is seen destroying the walls and roof of the temple. The act against the Hindu minority community is widely condemned by human rights activists based in Pakistan and other parts of the world.

Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist), a journalist based in Karachi tweeted, “A mob led by local clerics destroyed Hindu temple in Karak district of KP. Hindus obtained permission from the administration to extend the temple but local clerics arranged a mob to destroy the temple. Police and administration remained silent spectators.” According to the Daily Times, a rally was organized by Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), a Sunni Deobandi political party in Pakistan where speakers delivered fiery speeches after which the charged crowd stormed the temple, set it ablaze and razed it to the ground.