Burney condemns demolition of temple
KARACHI: Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust International and former federal minister for human rights, Ansar Burney, has very strongly condemned the demolition of a temple in Karachi and demanded strict action against the builder and ensuring safety of the Hindu community.
Ansar Burney said the demolition of a century-old Hindu Temple in Karachi on Saturday by a builder had triggered large-scale protests by the human and civil rights activists and Hindu community in Pakistan.
A builder demolished a century old Sri Rama Pir Mandir situated at Soldier Bazar in Karachi and also razed down couple of adjoining houses due to which about three dozen Hindu community people were rendered homeless.
Burney said the builder not only demolished the temple but in a blasphemous act, his workers also showed disrespect to the idols of Hindu deities placed inside the temple.
He said some people showing allegiance to the builder physically hurt few Hindu minority community members. “Everyone should be free to practice his religion and it is the duty of government to ensure the safety and security of minorities living in Pakistan,” Burney said.
He said many Hindu families of Pakistan had already migrated to India due to alleged persecution and humiliation on the hands of fundamentalists.
“The builder claims that the land, where the temple is constructed have been encroached upon, even if it is so, the builder should not have demolished the temple as a good humanitarian gesture,” Burney said.
He said he would take up the issue with local authorities so that the minority Hindu community gets justice.