HRCP condemns damage to temple

Karachi: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has noted with deep concern the partial damage to a Hindu temple in Soldier Bazaar, Karachi.

In a statement, it said while the authorities claim that the temple was an encroachment, it is surprising that this discovery was made only now when apparently the commercial interests of a builder are at stake. The temple was built over thirty years ago and was being used by residents of the area.

It is regrettable that the authorities have shown a total lack of sensitivity in destroying a place of worship of a vulnerable community. They seem to be giving priority to commercialization over considerations of a community’s religious feelings. HRCP demanded restoration of the temple, warning that lack of action will send a negative signal to an already marginalized community.

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