ISLAMABAD: Incensed by the shortage of motion taken by police over the Rahim Yar Khan temple desecration, Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed Friday directed Punjab Police to arrest all answerable for the incident.
The chief justice had taken suo moto discover of the assault on the temple in Rahim Yar Khan after assembly with MNA and Patron-in-Chief Pakistan Hindu Council, Ramesh Kumar.
A mob armed with sticks and shouting slogans had vandalised a Hindu temple in Bhong, Rahim Yar Khan on Wednesday. The mob was seen shouting slogans and desecrating idols within the place of worship.
A video clip of the incident went viral on social media, drawing sharp criticism from rights activists in Pakistan.
Justice Gulzar had proven concern over the tragic incident and summoned the chief secretary Punjab and IGP Punjab to seem on the apex courtroom and submit a report on the incident.
Through the listening to at present, the CJP expressed displeasure over the incident and reprimanded the officers, saying the assault has completed critical injury to Pakistan’s repute across the globe.
“What had been the police and administration doing?” the CJP requested.
To this, IGP Inam Ghani stated the assistant commissioner and ASP had been current on the scene, and that the administration’s precedence was to offer safety to the 70 Hindu households close to the temple.
“Terrorism clauses have been added within the FIR,” he added.
“If the deputy commissioner and the DPO can not carry out their duties, they need to be fired,” CJP Gulzar confused.
IG Inam Ghani knowledgeable the courtroom that no arrests have been made up to now in reference to the case when Justice Qazi Amin requested as to what motion had the police taken.
Further Legal professional Normal Sohail Mehmood stated Prime Minister Imran Khan had taken discover of the matter. At this, CJP Gulzar stated the courtroom would give attention to the authorized perspective of the case.
“Three days have handed, however nobody has been arrested,” stated the chief justice, disillusioned.
Justice Amin stated police has didn’t carry out their obligation.
“Had there been skilled officers within the drive, the problem would have been solved by now,” the highest decide noticed, including that one ought to ponder over how the incident has impacted Pakistani Hindus.
“Assume, how would Muslims have reacted if a mosque was attacked,” he remarked.
He additionally inquired about an 8-year-old Hindu boy who was arrested by the police. The Punjab police chief knowledgeable the bench that the boy was offered earlier than a Justice of the Peace first.
“What do you anticipate from an 8-year-old? What does an 8-year-old find out about faith? Do the police have any thought concerning the thoughts of a younger child?”
At this, Justice Gulzar ordered to take away the SHO who arrested the boy.
Issuing directives to take motion in opposition to the culprits, the Supreme Court docket ordered the officers to submit a report on the subsequent listening to, which has been scheduled on August 13.
The SC has additionally ordered to ascertain Peace Committees to make sure spiritual concord amongst followers of various faiths.
MNAs criticize the Temple Assault
Pakistani lawmakers on the Nationwide Meeting denounced the Rahim Yar Khan assault, saying that such incidents had been unlucky.
“No arrests have been made but neither did any authorities officers arrive on the place,” stated PML-N MNA Khael Das Kohistani. “We would like the inside minister and the prime minister to inform us why nobody has been arrested.”
PTI MNA Jai Prakash stated the temple was desecrated as a result of police’s negligence, including that the incident befell three days in the past. “Prime Minister Imran Khan took speedy discover of the incident,” he added.
“This can be a conspiracy, the PTI authorities stands with the Hindu minority,” PTI MNA Shunila Ruth stated.
she added that when the Bhong temple incident befell, she was talking on-line to the DPO Punjab and IG Punjab.
One other MNA, Lal Chand Malhi, stated these incidents had been “backed by a plan”, including that the primary goal of such incidents is to defame Pakistan.
“An FIR has been registered, I hope the culprits are arrested as properly,” he stated.
PPP MNA Mahesh Kumar Malani urged legislators of different political events, particularly the PML-N, JUI-F and others to talk on the problem as properly.
“Everybody within the meeting will discuss this incident,” responded Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri.