Police officer Mohammad Hanif said Muslims protesting an anti-Islam film on Sept. 21 ransacked the Sri Krishna Ram temple in a Hindu neighborhood on the outskirts of the southern city of Karachi.  — Dawn File Photo

KARACHI: A group of Muslims suspected of ransacking a Hindu temple in southern Pakistan may be charged with blasphemy, police said Sunday.

The case is a rare twist on the use of the country's blasphemy laws, which are more often invoked against supposed offenses to Islam as opposed to minority faiths.

The laws, sections of which carry the death penalty or life imprisonment, have drawn renewed international scrutiny this year after a young Christian girl in Islamabad was alleged to have desecrated the Muslim holy book, the Quran.

A Muslim cleric Qari Mohammad Khalid Jadoon now stands accused of fabricating evidence against the girl, who has been freed on bail and whose mental capacity has been questioned.

Police officer Mohammad Hanif said the anti-Hindu attack took place Sept. 21.

The government had declared that day a national holiday –a ''Day of Love for the Prophet''– and called on people to demonstrate peacefully against a US-made anti-Islam film that has sparked protests throughout the Muslim world.

Those rallies took a violent turn in Pakistan, and more than 20 people were killed.

Hanif said dozens of Muslims led by a cleric converged on the outskirts of Karachi in a Hindu neighborhood commonly known as Hindu Goth.

The protesters attacked the Sri Krishna Ram temple, broke religious statues, tore up a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu scripture, and beat up the temple's caretaker, Sindha Maharaj.

''The attackers broke the statues of (Hindu deities) Radha, Hanuman, Parwati and Krishna, and took away the decorative gold ornaments,'' Maharaj said. ''They also stormed my home and snatched the gold jewelry of my family, my daughters.''

Maharaj and other Hindu leaders turned to the police, who registered a case against the cleric and eight other Muslims.

But none of the suspects had been found as of Sunday, Hanif said.

The police officer said the case against the attackers was registered under Section 295-A of the blasphemy laws, which covers the ''outraging of religious feelings.''

That section of the law can carry a fine or up to 10 years imprisonment, but, if the case were to proceed, it's unclear exactly what punishment would be imposed.

Court decisions in the past have often confused what penalties should be applied in blasphemy cases in Pakistan. And although many blasphemous acts are said to require the death penalty, Pakistan is not known to have executed anyone under the law. Still, many of the accused have been killed by extremists outside the courts.

Human rights activists say the blasphemy laws are too broad and vague, and that they often are used by people seeking to settle scores with rivals, or as a means of targeting Christians, Hindus and other members of minority religions.

Islamic conservatism, as well as extremism, is on the rise here, and even speaking out against the blasphemy laws can put people in danger.

Two prominent politicians, Salman Taseer and the sole Christian member of the federal Cabinet Shahbaz Bhatti, were assassinated in 2011 for urging reform of the law.

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Comments (135)

biplob
September 30, 2012 10:34 am
If Pakistan believe in last speech of Prophet MD. They must judge the case honestly. Other wise they will be liable to their God (Allah). "La kum dino kum, walia din"
Dr.Emile Unjom
September 30, 2012 1:30 pm
It is a shame that love and loyality for one's religion is seen in manifold violent,subhuman expressions, such as this shameful incident. Those involved have shown no regard and respect for the Holy book of Hindu's and their place of worship, quite opposite to what Quaid had envisioned. This progressive regression must end, lest we are overtaken by doom and gloom that keeps staring at us constantly,while bridges need to be built, the walls of hatred are rising. Think about it and do something that you possibly can to change this cycle of sure self destruction.
Amit
October 1, 2012 2:22 am
Well said Ali Abbas...those demolished Babri are not only free but still in power..Babri is one of the greatest Shame...WE apologize once again
Indian
September 30, 2012 6:20 pm
shame on you people , such hyprocrisy ? This is how you register your complaint ? by violating other religions ? too much for religion of peace i guess. If you have guts , dawn, publish it.
HinduMan
October 1, 2012 12:44 am
@Haroon:” If you feel insulted, … insult others? No” NO...! Aside from your poor logic, the Qur'an says no. Islam requires that you must repel the evil deed with a good deed. [Sura41:34]. And tells the Muslims to bear with patience when they abuse and insult you. And part from them and leave them with a peaceful and friendly good-bye. [Sura73:10]. You don't have to be a Muslim to read and appreciate the Quran. Just be true to yourself.
observer
September 30, 2012 10:36 am
Most certainly there should be respect for all minorities. This is a part of Pakistan Constitution. This is also in teachings of Islam. So, there is no reason to break the rule.
observer
September 30, 2012 10:35 am
No. It is more about showing sensitivity. Give the credit where it is due.
observer
September 30, 2012 10:35 am
I hope you are wrong.
Guru
September 30, 2012 10:35 am
Good start, but the proof of the pudding is in eating it.
Naveed
October 1, 2012 1:57 am
Anand, point well taken! But, we have to try and hope for that "one day", whats there without hope?
krish
October 1, 2012 1:44 am
Now you re in business.. right step in right direction.. Awesome show of commitment!
Amit-Atlanta-USA
October 1, 2012 1:42 am
It's just a hogwash given that Pakistan has brought up a Blasphemy law in the UNHRC. And, these observations in the above story explain the whole thing: "But none of the suspects had been found as of Sunday" "but, if the case were to proceed, it’s unclear exactly what punishment would be imposed." So, even if the attackesr were found and the case did go on, take it from me the accused will be set free by the judiciary! Unlike in the case of the minority blasphemy accused who are killed by mobs, there is no question these people will be harmed in any way.
Kamaal
September 30, 2012 10:06 am
How could it be same with someone posting a photo or video on net and group of Muslims physically destroying the temple and abusing a Hindu in person. Twisted logic to justify the blasphemy law.
Anil
October 1, 2012 1:38 am
You said so rightly. How many days Pakistan government is going to give holidays? Give respect and take respect.
Grishn
October 1, 2012 10:39 pm
Hello...I can see that you are already down there.
Mahan
October 1, 2012 1:24 am
Ali: I totally agree with you. At times I feel that WE made the religions to express our hatred and not love yet we call them the religions of love. Had there been no Hindus or Christians, they would have picked the Ahmadis or other Muslim minorities. May I just ask one question? When was the last time these clergies or the Bajrang dals etc took out procession to express their love for any one including their own faith? Sadly, had their been one, how many would join? These processions are only to express their hatred. I admire Dawn for publishing such stories.
Curious
September 30, 2012 10:08 am
Indeed, a more rational step. I hope such incidents are covered with same fervor as are done for protection to Islam.
Isadora
October 1, 2012 1:15 am
Even if nothing comes of the charges against the nine Muslims, it is wonderful to see that headline. Chilling words. 'Islamic Conservatism, as well as extremism, is on the rise here,...' Your country has a lot to lose, but they will kill those who speak out. Silence, is such fertile ground for the growth of 'Islamic Conservatism as well as extremism.' It is a dilemma and I can't think of one thing to say - in the way of advice that is. Perhaps the silence has gone on for too long a time. Is there anything we can do now? Like the lawyers, I suppose we could try throwing flowers when future violence occurs.
Hasnain Haque
September 30, 2012 8:35 pm
Two wrongs don't make a right Ali. Indians are still far better, well educated and understanding. By the way I am not an Hindu or an Indian but a Pakistani Muslim.
Hasnain Haque
September 30, 2012 8:36 pm
You are right, muslim and in particular Pakistanis are in denial, the sooner they realise that their country is going down the toilet the better.
Kamaal
September 30, 2012 10:23 am
Twisted Logic!!!
rishi
September 30, 2012 8:41 pm
i am not surprised.. what else pakistani muslims can do.. gr8 job pakistani muslims..
Asad
September 30, 2012 10:22 am
Surveen, you are probably right - but let it be a start. I truley hope something does happen though.
Concerned Citizen
October 1, 2012 12:53 am
A similar case should be registered against those who burnt a Church in Mardan during anti-Islam film rally. Can the Chief Minister of Pakhtunkhawa please respond or take action against the culprits?
Shah
September 30, 2012 1:38 pm
Absolutely shameful! I am fuming with disgust! This is not Islam. Make an example of these animals who attack other religions and places of worship.
Jagi
September 30, 2012 1:25 pm
Can't agree with you more on this.
Mohan Kochicheril
October 1, 2012 12:36 am
Minorities should be treated like your guests and not like your enemies. The guy who made the film is a christian migrant from Egypt and that does not mean that destroy worship places and properties of the minorities. The minorities in Pakistan is scared of the majority Sunnis. They have nothing to do with the movie.
Usman
September 30, 2012 10:01 am
Bravo! Well done!
Surveen
September 30, 2012 9:59 am
... and nothing will happen of this case.
kumar
September 30, 2012 12:52 pm
This is exactly what the country's founder Jinnah would have wanted!
mohit
October 1, 2012 11:55 am
Come on man, what happens in Pakistan has nothing to do with Muslims in India. Let there be peace in India for as long as possible. I don't think muslims in Pakistan give a damn about muslims in India, and even if they do: who cares?
SAK
September 30, 2012 9:48 am
Now that’s a good one! Blasphemy noose for all! No license to loot and misbehave in the name of religion - and get away with it every time! Of course nothing will actually eventuate in terms of bringing the scoundrels to justice - but it should serve to dampen some of the rage of self-proclaimed custodians of faith itching to vent their frustration through violence and profiting on the side as well through looting.
singh.khalsa
September 30, 2012 9:47 am
diverting attention here, eh pakistan.
ROHIT PANDEY
September 30, 2012 11:41 pm
They seem to be paying it already!
Rajesh
October 1, 2012 7:05 am
No one can say anything wrong about our prophet but we can go and do the same to other religions. Great followers of Islam! Ah! the moderates are saying that's not us.
Muhammad Kamran
October 1, 2012 12:17 pm
The minister lost his tongue, didn't you hear!
Ajaya K Dutt
September 30, 2012 11:04 pm
Thanks for your thoughts, bro.
Ajaya K Dutt
September 30, 2012 10:58 pm
Babri Mosque demolition was done by a mob after courts failed to correct a wrong after more than 50 years of litigation. That, however justified, was condemned by each and every section of Indian society. That is enligthened India. Let alone any of the Islamic countries, but even any of the western countries can not come even close.
Ajaya K Dutt
September 30, 2012 10:55 pm
A ray of hope in pitch dark clouds.
Islam sucks
September 30, 2012 11:39 am
eyewash.....what a joke...to protest against a ridicluous and bad video made by some idiots of another religion they ransack a temple which had nothing to do with the video....shows how islam is such a violent religion......imagine if christians reacted this way when da vinci code or angels and demons was released......
Ahtasham
September 30, 2012 11:39 am
Wrong Wrong Wrong! This is totally wrong and these are not Muslims...
Mike
September 30, 2012 11:34 am
You are right. Nothing ever has happened in Pakistan to stop ethnic cleansing or disgracing all other religions inside Pakistan.
A s ahmed
September 30, 2012 11:34 am
This just for show, nothing will happen to perpetrators. They will never be caught or punished.
Sagar Singh
October 1, 2012 9:32 pm
have to agree to good sense.
ROHIT PANDEY
September 30, 2012 10:24 pm
All too often!
Rahul
September 30, 2012 10:15 pm
Man u r comparing 1000 years of pillage with one Babri and then u will say Gujrat conviniently forgetting who started it ?
ramshankerdubey
September 30, 2012 10:42 am
Due to such activities Pakistan is facing troublesome situation in international community. the other aspect of the situation is horrible. Minorities are in very worst condition, in this light Pakistan Government and police authorities should take preventive action to control this
aholla
September 30, 2012 11:06 pm
The Aam muslim has never had guts to protect minorities because they have never spoken against their own fundamentalists. If pakistan is the land of the pure than the pure must rise. We as global citizens should prosecute these who defiled Bhagwan Ram. All of you in Pakistan or your ancestors were hindus at some point in time. Respect is better than Disrespect.
Abdul Aziz
October 2, 2012 5:41 am
Minorities in Pakistan are enjoying their rights. One or two minor incidence do not depicts there are no rights for them. These are nothing compared with the hate of Hindu leaders against Muslims and 1992-1993 incidences in India.
Raw is War
September 30, 2012 10:48 am
Breaking statues- i heard of this action before.
SkepticGirl
September 30, 2012 9:36 pm
And using your logic, how is he "complicity in this attack". You think...!
Imtisal
September 30, 2012 10:50 am
This is extremely wrong. i agree it was a violent and vile act from Christians but Islam doesn't tell us to hurt anyone else religion or sacred places. As far as i am concerned, i will never appreciate this act.
skeptic
September 30, 2012 10:52 am
sounds good but it's an eye wash
P.Madheswaran
September 30, 2012 1:21 pm
Hindu or Christian or Muslim ... Minorities must be protected .. Humanity is above religion
Pankaj Patel(USA)
September 30, 2012 9:00 pm
When will you stop wrong propaganda ? Babri Mosque was only half built and was never used as a mosque.It was a contested sight during Wajid Ali Shah and locked since British took over state of Avadh. It was built by demolishing an ancient temple.How can you be so selfish and partial to claim that all are same?.
Gerry D'Cunha
September 30, 2012 9:32 am
what about the church and the holy bible being burnt on the same day in mardan. Wont you consider it to be a blasphemy case. which brave judge after all will be able to take up this blasphemy case - another eyewash.
Tom Alter
September 30, 2012 8:47 pm
What Babri Mosque? Who gave Babar the permission to build a mosque in a country of Hindus?
atis
September 30, 2012 9:41 am
If possible, these hoodlums should be given exemplary punishment like living with pigs in addition to life sentence.
Muhammad Fraz Ajmal
September 30, 2012 9:23 am
Now with actions of irresponsible Muslims coming under scrutiny by the Government of Pakistan, we will now be able to see the dawning of an era where equality is rendered among all peoples of the Country - just as was promulgated by Islam.
Zuber Ahmed Khan
September 30, 2012 9:23 am
No that is not fair, in fact if any Jew Director made a mistake then he is responsible. Americans are doing atrocities on Muslim countries then Americans are responsible, but for no reason ransacked the religious structure of Hindus is not fair and not appreciated, If Hindus are problem maker in Pakistan if they are creating fuss in Pak then the matter is totally different,
jerry
September 30, 2012 8:12 pm
well said!
Natasha
September 30, 2012 8:06 pm
Well said
Jawed, Karachi
September 30, 2012 9:25 am
I am so happy to hear this! This is such a huge development! Pakistan is slowly but surely on the path of progress - back to the vision of the Quaid! I applaud everyone who helped take this action.
Srini
September 30, 2012 12:08 pm
Well said my friend, many if not all Muslims are such a biased and for them only Islam is the religion and all other are not at all religions. History and the present daily happenings across the world shows which religion on the planet is VIOLENT and which are peace.
Nasir
September 30, 2012 7:29 pm
Don't believe it yet, untill you see the culprits apprehanded and trial proceedings and a justice served. There is a long way to go on this one. I am sure these people will not be executed outside the courthouse, but would they recieve garlands and turned into heroes it yet to be seen. A Pakistani in Canada.
RK
September 30, 2012 11:53 am
Lets also see how our government and other political parties react to this. Lets see if our Prime Minister gives speech on the rights of minorities. Lets see how our media plays its role in this case. Lets see if Supreme Court takes suo moto notice of this incident. And the most importantly, lets see the reaction of our fellow Pakistanis to this.
Shayo
September 30, 2012 12:04 pm
But they were Muslims, with the local imam leading the fray. Every time a Muslim gang pulls some boneheaded riot you cannot deny who they are.
Syed Hussain
September 30, 2012 11:53 am
The readers who who find it to be eyewash or even show off are right. However, if the Government really means right action, then the so called Muslims and their Mullahs under whose influence they indulged themselves in such a shameless act should be caught immediately. The least punishment should be --HANG THEM, preferably in public. They are a shame for our society.
Heigh-Ho
September 30, 2012 11:32 am
That remains to be seen.
Murtaza
September 30, 2012 12:01 pm
It took 10 days for this story to come out ... how awful is that ?
Heigh-Ho
September 30, 2012 11:32 am
"a violent and vile act by Christians". Bravo! Blame a whole community for the actions of one person. Using that logic, even your non-appreciation of this act doesn't absolve you of complicity in this attack. Think!
Ahmed Khan
September 30, 2012 7:19 pm
I agree Deepak.
Ahmed Khan
September 30, 2012 7:17 pm
Forget the Sharia law-that still awaits interpretation. Punish them under the existing laws on the books!
shalinderverma
September 30, 2012 7:16 pm
Tearing of Quran leads to worldwide violence. Tearing of Bhagwad Geeta leads to mock FIR case. But hats off to Pakistani media for reporting this incidence. Unfortunately, no Hindu leaders in India showed their protest against this shameful incidence. Disgusting!!
RK
September 30, 2012 11:30 am
But Media won't give this due to coverage because of life threats by clerics. Also because majority of Pakistanis won't be interested in this news, so no TRPs for the so called responsible media...
Rahul
September 30, 2012 11:23 am
Pakistan existence in the world is in doubt. Due to their act muslim in India will face the brunt of anger from Hindu. Dont take it lightly.
Dan
September 30, 2012 11:13 am
No, this was NOT a violent and vile act from Christians, rather, from a person who has been labeled a Christian. To mock another's beliefs is not taught by Jesus. Please do not see this as representative of true Christian faith.
Saadia
September 30, 2012 10:14 am
Good job! there should be respect for all minorities of Pakistan.
Ahmed
September 30, 2012 1:47 pm
Please keep your hatred for Pakistan to yourself. Thanks.
SK
September 30, 2012 6:55 pm
Ali, Babri Masjid was never a masjid and probably you know in your heart too. It was a hindu temple and demolished by early Islam invasion in India and Hindus are asking it back. They did not demolish any Mosque that a muslim community built from ground up. I hope you accept that Anceint India was never home of Islam and in fact Hindus gave shelter and food to Islam for any reason could be and most probably due to fear of being beheaded. Also you can say anything but Indians ( does not matter hindu, indian muslims ....) are first choice by a employer in west, middle east. Most of the white coller jobs goes to them. The reason is they respect other religions are worship their work.
idolworshipper1@gmail.com
October 1, 2012 6:36 am
My parents bought a book from a temple premises when I was a child and gave it to me. It included stories of great men. That was the first time I read about the great prophet of Islam, that book is still with me. If what I read from that book is correct ( and I am sure that is correct ) then forgiveness is biggest virtue and the only way to God.
Yeshodhara
September 30, 2012 6:47 pm
India should give asylum to all Hindus and Christians , and for that matter Muslims who want to flee Pakistan.
Ali abbas
September 30, 2012 6:36 pm
Two words about enlightened India, "babri mosque". Not justifying any violence against any religion but Indians do not spare any opportunity either. South Asians are corrupt by nature, hindus and Muslims both.
Decent
September 30, 2012 6:37 pm
Good Job Pakistan . From an indian in dubai !!
Haider
September 30, 2012 11:09 am
How ironic that they desecrated others' religion while demanding respect for their own. There can be no respect for Islam in the hearts of others unless Muslims learn to respect others' religions. Whoever is found guilty must be tried and punished. There should be no leniency in the matter. The state must provide equal protection to all.
Labad
September 30, 2012 11:04 am
Even if it is not part of the Pakistan constitution or the teachings of Islam, there should still be respect for minorities, don't you think? If you do, then there is hope for minorities in Pakistan.
jsharma1234
September 30, 2012 2:38 pm
this type of attacks in pak will not give any things to muslims, but will encourage non muslims in all over the world, and muslims have to be ready to see more and more movies like "innocence of muslims". and this type of attacks ultimately will cause violence and bloodshed in your own country by your owns.
Haider Mahmud
September 30, 2012 2:36 pm
This is absolutely the right approach to deter such troublemakers. I hope they all get exemplary punishments. Also shows that there is no bias in Pakistan between people from different religions.
Zimbo_Indian
October 1, 2012 2:37 pm
I didn't know that Blasphemy law was meant to protect non-Muslim Gods also. By the way, Hindu Gods don't need the protection of a Blasphemy law. They are strong enough on their own. But Hindu temples do need protection from vandals and looters. By the way, I think the looters of the Karachi temple will most probably be declared heroes by the mullahs.
anand singh
September 30, 2012 12:47 pm
Why does this and similar acts not surprise anyone anymore ? Pak today has become synomous with such acts - a sort of ethnic cleansing which the Govt is powerless to control or stop. I feel sorry for the hindus and Christians who are paying for the errors of their forefathers for not having left in 47.
mahendra singh tomar
September 30, 2012 9:43 am
protesters forgotten that their ancestors were those of which they damaged the holy book. however after some age the protesters choose a path of destruction of which they will pay in future.
ROHIT PANDEY
September 30, 2012 6:00 pm
Very!
sam
September 30, 2012 5:52 pm
after wiping out; this sympathy.... shame
anand Singh
September 30, 2012 5:51 pm
Naveed, Noble thoughts, the only fear is that by the time the" one day " comes there may be nothing worth saving... Also, what does one say to those who sufferr today for no fault of theirs ? Try and stay alive till that " one day "?
Zimbo_Indian
October 1, 2012 2:29 pm
Amen
Syed
September 30, 2012 5:43 pm
very good step. Equal rights for all.
Zimbo_Indian
October 1, 2012 2:28 pm
Don't insult minorities by calling them guests. They are as much the owners of the nation as the majority community.
Darawal
September 30, 2012 5:12 pm
And if Islam teaches hatred we ought to change those injunctions of Islam. We need to be open ..... conditions were different 1400 years ago....
Javed
October 1, 2012 9:30 am
Let us know if you can jailed any of the culprit....nothing will happen to them I bet.
M.Siddique
September 30, 2012 5:29 pm
Well said, I tend to agree with you 100%.
T.M. Reddy
September 30, 2012 6:22 pm
Better late than never; "Blasphemy law" as one sided is now recognized... Hope the forceful and inducement conversions should also be considered as blasphemy... It will be in the best interest of growth, development. and prosperity of Pakistan.
fiaz ahmed
September 30, 2012 12:26 pm
Fully agree
Riaz
September 30, 2012 12:26 pm
Pakistan ! Your very existence is shame to entire humanity . You and your people are a threat to co existence. By your own standards , you should annihilate in contempt and disgust.
Iftikhar Husain
September 30, 2012 11:41 am
The hate mongers of other religion must be given exemplary punishment.
S Kumar
September 30, 2012 2:44 pm
Islam is religion of peace there is no doubt in it and I believe all religions are peacefull . But an act of kindness and peace is overdue from Islam in practicality. God bless us all humans and give us courage to listen to our heart as God resides in our hearts.
Pyarali Khoja
September 30, 2012 4:52 pm
When some non Muslim commit crime against our Holy Quran, we do not hesitate to punish, then we are not tough for those people commit crimes against Hindu or any other religion? .
deepak
September 30, 2012 1:58 pm
where you guys are going?? Do self introspection.. If god never made two brothers even alike how can he make the mode of worship alike for all people... Learn religious tolerance.. because you are not insulting any religion but yourself and god.
sonia khawaja
September 30, 2012 4:53 pm
I sincerely hope this becomes the first blasphemy case to end up with the death penalty. Minorities need protection and not majorities. and hopefully the government can set an example with this case so no one dares to commit such a heinous crime in the future
Srini
September 30, 2012 12:32 pm
Well said my friend
ish
September 30, 2012 5:13 pm
What a pathetic nation this has become! No regards for lives and properties or respect for other people or their religion. Exactly opposite to what Islam teaches. These criminals are just that-criminals. They wait for this type of opportunity to show that they are the evilest of all evils. Sad!
Darawal
September 30, 2012 5:10 pm
100% agree .....
ROHIT PANDEY
September 30, 2012 2:25 pm
And keep your hatred for other religions under control or it is going to consume you one day,if that has already not happened?
Ghulam Ishaq
September 30, 2012 5:04 pm
What would be the future of a nation that doesn't respect its ancient heritage?
Sam T
September 30, 2012 5:03 pm
Haroon: I agree with you. And let me go a little further. I believe the current anti Islamic events in the world are directly related to the treatment of non Muslim , desecration of their places , rendering them as second class citizens in Islamic countries. If Muslims want to be respected, treated respectfully, they should start treating non Muslims the same way. "As you sow, shall you Reap"
Heigh-Ho
September 30, 2012 5:02 pm
Not yet. We have to wait and see if anything comes of this...
Heera
September 30, 2012 1:53 pm
I urge Indian govt . to reconsider visa policy once again.Looking at the forced conversion,demolition of temple and church by pakistani people ,we will be not safe anymore in india.I m really scared of pakistani people .
(Dr.) B.N. Anand
September 30, 2012 4:23 pm
It is indeed a henious crime to target a particular religion for attack but it is not surprising at least in Pakistan which is an Islamic state. But the reaction of most of the people of Pakistan to this incident is indeed a pleasant surprise. Hope every reader means what he writes. If they indeed mean , then it is really a whiff of fresh air in this suffocating atmosphere of religious fanaticism. I am a little defensive when I write this as even in my country, such madness does appear, though not very often. But such incidents wherever these may happen should be condemned and the guilty be given exemplary punishment as per the law of the land. BNA
Salim
September 30, 2012 4:05 pm
The guilty should be given punishment per Sharia Law for stealing.
Mohammad Ahmad Khan
September 30, 2012 4:00 pm
very true
sajjad
September 30, 2012 4:12 pm
great news.. every religious scripture should be respected.
Haroon
September 30, 2012 3:43 pm
If you want respect, treat others respectful. If you want to be understood, understand others. If you feel insulted, ... insult others? No.
rajeev (Indian)
September 30, 2012 3:41 pm
Truth always hurts!
Nitish
October 1, 2012 12:58 pm
And why I should read Quran?Is there any compulsion.Remember action speaks louder than the word.
Ash Mirza (USA)
September 30, 2012 9:29 am
Its very sad , I hope they arrest all 9people including cleric as soon as possible, and they all should be punished according to Blasphemy law. It's against Islam to damage temple and churches , or harm any muslim or non-muslim...... Sincerely, Ash Mirza (USA)
kharo
September 30, 2012 3:25 pm
why wasn't it in the news. are the muslims now trying to cover their own shit when they disrespect other religions. muslims want their Prophet and Quran respected but the refuse to give respect to other faiths clear example of the church they burnt and the temple. now what do the muslims have to say about this??? This is what i dont like about the muslims. they are talking about double standards in the west. pakistan is no better. just as bad. a guy insulted the prophet in america now a muslims is insulting the hindu... it seems to me that the guy who made that anti islam movie did the right thing. he showed the truth about the muslims and islam. The movie he made is exactly what muslims are doing.
Ray
September 30, 2012 3:30 pm
Correct yourself! Islam has nothing to do with violence. There are some handful of misguided folks who are showing their ignorance. They must be caught and punished and am sure they will be. So keep your hate to yourself.
fiaz ahmed
September 30, 2012 12:25 pm
Lets speak out for justice for all, regardless...
Naveed
September 30, 2012 3:13 pm
Well said Anand, Pakistan is fast becoming a failed state where minorities are being systematically being eliminated. This is yet another example of the hypocrisy that has taken hold of many in Pakistan. I fear for my fellow humans regardless what religion they maybe. Having said that, I still love Pakistan and it is my motherland, we will one day work through our problems and be what our founding father intended.
ROHIT PANDEY
September 30, 2012 3:10 pm
From the photograph,one can see that the temple is in a decrepit and a sorry state -badly in need of repairs and upkeep I would say-and these people attack a ruin and take away the gold from the temple and from some hapless women? Seems Pakistani "civilization" is heading for it's zenith?
Shirin
September 30, 2012 3:09 pm
Finally! The blasphemy law demons haunt their own creators
Pavas Ambashta
September 30, 2012 12:12 pm
One church was burnt down, one temple attacked!! My only question to the people who are protesting is what these hindus and Pakistani Christian have to do with that film? Since the Muslims are in majority so all the other religions are second grade in Pakistan, isn't it? Hope they wont cry when people around the world see them with suspicion..
amd
September 30, 2012 2:52 pm
Not hang them , but give them 1 year imprisonment so that all people realize that nobody can play with law and government means BUSINESS !! At least a little fear of law should be installed in the minds of the public who are always taking the government and the law for granted
ROHIT PANDEY
September 30, 2012 11:52 am
Barbarity is what barbarity does- harasses hapless people!
S Kumar
September 30, 2012 2:50 pm
Qaf 50:16 And We have created man and We know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than his jugular vein.
Shirin
September 30, 2012 3:13 pm
you are scared of us but still you come to us to find out about the plight of minorities and voice your concern. The news didn't have to be reported. The fact that we are telling you what our people are doing to OUR minorities should make you THINK before you paint us all with the same brush.
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