CJP takes notice of attack on Hindu temple in Rahim Yar Khan



Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed on Thursday took notice of the attack on a Hindu temple by a charged mob in Bhong village of Punjab's Rahim Yar Khan district, a statement said.


The top judge took cognisance of the incident after MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, who is the patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council, called on Chief Justice Ahmed at the Supreme Court in Islamabad today to discuss the issue of the temple attack.


The chief justice "showed grave concern over the tragic incident", according to a press released issued by the Supreme Court.


He fixed the matter before the court on August 6 (tomorrow) at Islamabad, and directed the Punjab chief secretary and inspector general of police to appear for the hearing along with a report. Dr Vankwani has also been summoned, the statement added.


Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan in a tweet strongly condemned the attack on the temple.


"I have already asked IG Punjab to ensure arrest of all culprits and take action against any police negligence," he wrote, adding that the government would also restore the mandir.


The incident took place on Wednesday, when hundreds of people vandalised the Hindu temple in Bhong and blocked the Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5) after a nine-year-old Hindu boy, who allegedly urinated in a local seminary, was granted bail by a local court.