Monday, May 21, 2012

Pakistan: jihadists attack and vandalize Hindu temple

The police, as usual did nothing, and once again a religion other than Islam is given the "not welcome" mat outside their place of worship.  Interestingly, this Hindu temple was abandoned in 1947 after the partition of India and Pakistan and was just approved to re-open in the last 6 months.  A new statue of Lord Shiva had been brought and there were new icons and other Hindu holy items, and it wasn't more than a few months after they re-opened that this happened.  If you know some of the history of Hindu and Muslim you understand the animosity between the two religions, and also understand that most of the aggression and bloodshed has been at the instigation of Islam.

Religion of peace indeed.

From the Express Tribune May 21 by Riaz Ahmad

Religious intolerance: Hindu temple vandalised in Peshawar
Shiva, destroyer of worlds  photo;
PESHAWAR: In a brazen act of vandalism, unidentified men sneaked into a Hindu temple in the capital city of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday, smashed a holy figurine and burnt down scriptures and images of deities.
“We opened the temple around 6pm and found all holy scriptures and images burnt down. A statuette of Lord Shiva was also smashed to pieces,” Ramesh Lal, a priest at Guru Gorakhnath temple, told The Express Tribune.
The temple is situated in the Gorgathri neighbourhood inside the walled city.
Peshawar, which is believed to be one of the oldest living cities of South Asia, houses dozens of monuments and structures from the Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and British eras.
The priest said that the community had reported the incident to the local police who gave them the customary cold-shoulder.
“Vandals smashed a statuette of Lord Shiva to pieces and burnt down the holy Gita as well as several images of our deities,” Lal said. The temple, according to him, did not have armed guards because the government pays scant attention to the security needs of a Hindu place of worship.
(...)the Hindu community would remain calm and record its protest peacefully.
What?  No random murder, attacks on innocents, retribution burning of a mosque or calls for Muslims to be run out of town?  Why, Hindus are acting just like their teachings tell them to...and so are Muslims.  I see a dichotomy coming.
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