The temple has been partially damaged. All the statues have been destroyed by the attackers!
While Hindus all over the world celebrated the ongoing festival of “Holi” over the weekend rubbing and throwing colored powder on each other, the ones living in Pakistan spent the occasion cleaning and wiping black soot off the walls of a temple.
On Sunday, the Islamic Republic yet again proved it is one of the most dangerous places for its religious minority groups when hundreds of vandals attacked a Hindu place of worship and set it on fire.
The reason behind the unfortunate incident was in fact a rumor – yes, a rumor – that a member of the community had desecrated the Koran – the central religious text of Islam.
A crowd of “angry” students from local Islamic seminaries reportedly attacked the temple, holding batons.
“Our Dharamshala (community centre) has been gutted and the temple has been partially damaged. All the statues have been destroyed by the attackers,” Kalpana Devi, chairperson of the local Hindu committee, told Reuters.
The community roughly makes up less than 2% of the total population of Pakistan.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:
On 28 May 2010, Muslim extremists including three suicide bombers, (allegedly belonging to an offshoot of the notorious Taliban) entered two Ahmadi mosques in the city of Lahore and opened fire. The attack claimed the lives of 86 people and injured over 100.
The Shia Muslims
In the year 2012, more than 400 Shiites were killed in target killings and bombings, making it possibly the bloodiest year in living memory for the Shiite population of Pakistan.
In the same year, the Human Rights Watch noted …read more at carbonated.tv