SHC orders inquiry into Hindus worship placesMarch 20, 2014
KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday directed district and sessions judge Larkana to conduct an inquiry into tragic incident of an attack on a Hindu Dharamshala and a temple in Larkana city after reports of desecration of Holy pages and submit a report within three weeks.
Three-member bench of apex court comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Tasadduq Hussain Jilani, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Amir Hani Muslim also directed district and sessions judge Larkana to identify the culprits involved in an attack, explain the cause of incident, and also suggest measures to prevent such unfortunate incidents in future.
The bench gave these directions while hearing applications of Hindu community regarding denial of access to temple – Amrapur Asthan of Prem Prakash Panth in Tando Adam and possession of Hindu Gymkhana in Karachi.
On March 16, miscreants had attacked Hindu Dharamshala in Jinnah Bagh area and set it ablaze. The attack was reported in reaction to alleged desecration of pages of the Holy Quran by Sangeet Kumar belonging to the Hindu community.
Dr Deepak Kumar, general secretary of Pakistan Hindu Council, brought the Larkana incident into notice of apex court, as saying that Hindu community was disturbed after the attack on Dharamshala and felt insecure in Sindh.
He said that whole community underwent punishment of an individual act of a person. He requested the court to hold a judicial inquiry into incident.
Chief Justice said that country’s constitution guarantees the rights of minorities and the court want enforcement of these rights. Chief Justice said that problems faced by minorities in country are of same nature as faced by those in other countries like India.
Meanwhile, The bench also allowed one week more time to additional advocate general to submit comments of advisory committee of Sindh Culture Department on construction of boundary wall around temple – Amrapur Asthan of Prem Prakash Panth in Tando Adam, which has been declared protected heritage.
Unity of Ummah necessary to meet challenges: Sahibzada
Karachi: Dr Sahibzada Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair, president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistani Noorani faction here Thursday said the unity of Ummah is necessary to meet the global challenges faced by Muslims.
Addressing a luncheon gathering, he said Ulema can play a crucial role for steering Pakistan clear from crisis. He said in past the JUP has played a major role in national politics, adding now he is trying his best to unite all factions of the JUP to make a vibrant political force again. He said recently five factions of JUP announced in Lahore to merge into the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistani Noorani.
He said to forge unity amidst religious parties of Ahle-Sunnah they are holding a big Ittehad Ahle-Sunnah conference at Nishtar Park Karachi on March 29 which would be proved a new milestone in the unity of Ahle-Sunnah. He said all likeminded parties would be invited to attend this historic moot.
Shabbir Abu Talib, Muhammad Shakeel Qasmi and other JUP leaders were present.