The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government in Pakistan has sacked 12 police officers after an investigation report found them guilty of “negligence” in defending a Hindu temple in the province, led by members of a radical Islamic party Tortured by a mob.
The government also halted a year’s service of 33 police officers in connection with the incident.
The temple in Terry village in Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was attacked by a mob on December 30, as members of the Hindu community received permission from local authorities to renovate its decades-old building. The mob demolished the old structure as well as new construction work.
Taib Hafiz Cheema, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Kohat Region, had appointed Superintendent of Police (Investigation Wing) Zaheer Shah as the investigating officer to investigate the incident and submit its report within a week.
Mr. Shah conducted an inquiry against 73 police officers and recommended the dismissal of 12 of them on charges of negligence and irresponsibility in the discharge of their official duties.
“They are found guilty of the charges, keeping in view the records and facts available on file, according to the observations of the investigation papers and the recommendations of the investigating officers. They show cowardice, negligence and irresponsibility in the discharge of their official obligations. ” The report said that the Hindu failed to protect the temple, which caused controversy for the police department in the public eye.
The report recommends forfeiting one year of regular service of 33 police officers. The officer also recommended writing the remaining 28 personnel to the Superintendent of Police, Frontier Reserve Police, Kohat for a minor punishment.
The 12 police officers sacked include Station House Officer (SHO) and Assistant Sub Inspector of Terry Police Station.
The report said that the mob attacked the Hindu temple at Terry under the supervision of Maulana Sharif, in which the mob burned the said temple and damaged it without interruption, resulting in a complaint under various sections lodged with the Terry police done. station.
Maulana Sharif, who is in judicial custody, is said to have instigated the mob.
“It is very unfavorable in their favor and reflects negligence, carelessness and negligence,” the report said.
Meanwhile, a delegation of MPs belonging to minority communities visited the barbaric Hindu temple on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court has ordered the AWQ Property Trust Board (EPTB) to begin reconstruction of the damaged temple and directed the authorities to recover funds for restoration work from the attackers, whose actions led Pakistan to face “international embarrassment”. happened.
On 1 January, India lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over the vandalism of the temple, stating that it expects Pakistan to investigate the incident and has asked to share the investigation report with it.
According to sources, the Foreign Ministry apprised the Pakistan High Commission of its grave concerns over repeated incidents of similar incidents and atrocities against members of the minority community.
A source said, “It also impacted the government of Pakistan that this was not the first time the temple was destroyed. It has been in operation since 1997. We also asked the ministry to share the investigation report.”
Hindus are the largest minority community in Pakistan.
According to official estimates, 7.5 million Hindus live in Pakistan. However, according to the community, more than 90 lakh Hindus are living in the country.
Pakistan’s majority Hindu population is inhabited in Sindh province where they share culture, traditions and language with Muslim residents. They often complain of harassment by extremists.