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Hindu temple assault: CJP Gulzar orders police to arrest all culprits

Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed Friday reprimanded the Punjab police chief for failing to take motion to safeguard the Hindu temple from a mob in Rahim Yar Khan, directing him to arrest all culprits concerned within the incident.

Chief Justice Gulzar had taken suo moto discover of the assault on the temple in village Bhong, after assembly with Ramesh Kumar, MNA and Patron-in-Chief Pakistan Hindu Council.

Over a dozen males, armed with sticks, had vandaliseda Hindu temple in Rahim Yar Khan, shouting slogans and desecrating idols within the place of worship. The 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 look on the apex court docket and submit a report on the incident.

In the course of the listening to at present, the CJP expressed displeasure over the incident and reprimanded the officers, saying the assault has finished severe injury to Pakistan’s repute across the globe.

He mentioned the police acted as a silent spectator whereas the mob vandalised the temple. “What had been the police and administration doing?” the CJP requested.

To this, IGP Inam Ghani mentioned the assistant commissioner and ASP had been current on the scene, and that the administration’s precedence was to supply safety to the 70 Hindu households close to the temple.

“Terrorism clauses have been added within the FIR,” he mentioned.

“If the deputy commissioner and the DPO can’t carry out their duties, they need to be fired,” CJP Gulzar confused.

IG Inam Ghani knowledgeable the court docket 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 Common Sohail Mehmood mentioned that Prime Minister Imran Khan had taken discover of the matter.

At this, CJP Gulzar mentioned the court docket would concentrate on the authorized perspective of the case.

“Three days have handed, however nobody has been arrested,” mentioned the chief justice, upset.

Justice Amin mentioned police has didn’t carry out its obligation.

“Had there been skilled officers within the pressure, the difficulty would have been solved by now,” the highest choose 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 count on from an 8-year-old? What does an 8-year-old learn about faith? Do the police have any thought in regards to the thoughts of a younger child?”

At this, Justice Gulzar ordered to take away the SHO who arrested him.

Issuing directives to take motion in opposition to the culprits, the Supreme Court docket ordered the officers to submit a report on the following listening to, which has been scheduled on August 13.

The SC additionally ordered to ascertain Peace Committees to make sure non secular concord amongst followers of various faiths.