Mob sets fire to temple over ‘desecration’ of holy Quran

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KARACHI: An angry mob of dozens of Muslims set fire to a Hindu temple in Larkana over the alleged desecration of a copy of the holy Quran, officials said Sunday as police were deployed to quell tensions. “The law and order problem surfaced in the city Saturday evening after local residents accused a Hindu youth, Surjeet Kumar, of burning pages of the holy Quran,” senior local administration official Ghunwar Leghari told AFP. He said dozens of enraged Muslims attacked a Hindu temple in the city and set fire to its sanctuary. Police had detained Kumar and were interrogating him and the situation was brought under control overnight in the city, Leghari said, adding there was now a heavy deployment of police and Rangers on the streets. Another senior local police official, Khadim Hussain Rind, confirmed the incident and said two Muslims had been arrested for disturbing the peace. Reacting to the incident, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari tweeted: “I consider attack on temple akin to attack on GKB (Garhi Khuda Baksh).perpetrators will b brought 2 justice as will people who spread lies and incited violence.” Hindus account for around nine percent of Larkana’s population of around 400,000, with many running their own businesses. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed deep anguish and concern over the destruction of Hindu property and a temple and directed all the provincial governments to take comprehensive measures for the protection of the life and properties of Hindus and other minorities. Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah strongly condemned the incident and sought a detailed enquiry report from divisional commissioner and Larkana DIG. Also, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon has said that the Sindh government would compensate for the loss and damage to the temple. “The temple would be reconstructed under the Sindh government’s aegis and all expenses would be borne by the provincial government,” he announced. 

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