On 07.08.2021, (Wednesday) a mob comprising of Muslims ransacked the temple in Bhong town in Pakistan’s southern Punjab, and damaged adjacent properties and blocked the Sukkur-Multan Motorway. This is the seventh attack on a Hindu temple over the past 18 months alone, during which time a worship place was damaged in Rawalpindi, a Hindu saint’s shrine burnt down in Karak, a temple demolished by a builder in Lyari, and two others vandalized in Tharparkar, including one following Navratri prayers. The ransacking of Hindu temples in Pakistan is not a new phenomenon.
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Last year, the construction of Pakistan’s first-ever Hindu temple in Islamabad was halted under Islamist pressure after its foundation was destroyed. Ninety-five percent of pre-Partition Hindu temples no longer exist in Pakistan and have either been demolished or converted.
In Pakistan, violent Islamic supremacism isn’t merely wielded by loud Islamists or opportunistic politicians; it is brazenly sanctioned by the constitution. The Pakistani constitution states that all laws are to conform with the injunctions of Islam as laid down in the Quran and Sunnah. And yet the state paradoxically tries to simultaneously be a democratic republic. This, in turn, results in the Pakistani state — unlike undiluted theocracies like Saudi Arabia or Iran — handing over the proverbial hammer to Islamist mobs and encouraging them to see “blasphemous” or “anti-Islam” nails everywhere.
The prevalence of Islamic inertia in Pakistan, which results in 14th-century ideas and practices being taught as eternally binding even today. The Quran condemns polytheism and idolatry as among the worst sins. According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad destroyed the idols at the Kaaba in Mecca, and converted it to Islam’s holiest mosque, when his army took over the city to proclaim the Islamic empire. There are scores of hadiths underlining the obligation to destroy idols.
As a result, Pakistani school curricula, history books, pop culture, and literature have been stuffed with anti-Hindu rhetoric. The utility of anti-Indianism became even more critical for the state after the separation of East Pakistan, which was followed by the ante being upped on Islamization. Hindus are only allowed to do menial jobs and persecuted on daily basis for adhering and practicing Hinduism. Hindu girls are kidnapped, abducted at gun point and converted, married off to their abductors under the careful supervision of state machinery including Police. Sometimes such programs are even televised live.
The human rights situation in Pakistan is worse and minorities especially Hindus are persecuted on daily basis. An 8-year-old child who doesn’t even know what religion is and what they stand for been accused for blasphemy, a nearby Hindu temple was destroyed and locals were attacked. Many families flew from the area, and they are hiding for their lives.
A week ahead of its independence anniversary, it remains evident that Pakistan can either continue to cling on to its foundational anti-Hindu rhetoric, and the ensuing Islamization of its constitution, diplomacy, and regional policies, or it can accept Pakistani Hindus as truly equal citizens of the state. Pakistan has been making the self-defeating choice for the past 74 years.
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The human rights situation in Pakistan is worse and minorities are persecuted on daily basis. A 8 year old child who doesn’t even know what religion is and what they stand for been accused for blasphemy, a near by Hindu temple was destroyed and locals were attacked. Many families flew from the area and they are hiding for their lives.
INSIGHT UK, request everyone to come and show their support to the community and minorities in Pakistan that they are not alone in this world, their lives and freedom matter as much as any other. Let Pakistan government know people across the world won’t tolerate this treatment towards Hindus anymore.
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Sunday 15th August at 2pm
Pakistan Embassy 35-36 Lowndes Square Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9JN
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