Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed has taken suo moto notice on Thursday of the tragic incident of a Hindu temple being vandalized and set on fire by a mob in the southern Karak district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
According to the details, a statement released by the Supreme Court said that Member of National Assembly and patron-in-chief Pakistan Hindu Council Dr Ramesh Kumar called on the honorable chief justice to discuss the desecration of the shrine of the Hindu saint. Justice Gulzar showed “grave concern over the tragic incident,” the statement maintained.
The chief justice also informed Kumar that the incident will be taken up by the top court on Tuesday, January 5th. Justice Gulzar Ahmed further directed the One Man Commission on Minorities Rights, chief secretary K-P and IGP K-P to visit the site and submit a report on the tragic incident.
Pakistani Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari also condemned the attack on Twitter and urged the provincial government to “ensure culprits [are] brought to justice.” She later confirmed that a police report had been filed against the attackers.
The temple, first built in the early 1900s as a shrine, was vandalized in 1997. In 2015, the Supreme Court ordered it to be reconstructed.