Monday, 21 October, 2019

Riots in Pakistan Over 'Blasphemy' by Hindu School Principal

Riots in Pakistan’s Sindh after Hindu school principal is booked for blasphemy Police file 3 cases against rioters in Ghotki for vandalism, theft and road blockage
Patty Aguilar | 16 September, 2019, 18:41

It is reportedly said that violence broke out in Pakistan's Sindh province after a school principal from the minority Hindu community was booked on charges of alleged blasphemy.

The police have registered three cases against more than 200 people in connection with the anti-Hindu riots in Pakistan Sindh province's Ghotki town.

The predominant of Sindh Public School became charged with blasphemy on Saturday after a pupil's father filed an FIR on the police method claiming that the particular person had spoken ill of Prophet of Islam.

An FIR was filed against 45 people - 22 named and 23 unidentified -under various sections of the the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) for injuring or defiling place of worship, intent to insult the religion of any class, punishment for rioting and unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object.

Later, Additional Inspector General Police Jamil Ahmad, said that police has taken the accused in protective custody.

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The police have registered three FIRs against the rioters for desecrating a temple, damaging the school and blocking roads.

Pakistani media reports quoted senior police officials of the region as saying that the situation had been brought under control. Delegations of political parties visited Dhaam Mandir today, which had been vandalised by mobs, and expressed solidarity with the Hindu community.

Reports further claimed that people from the Hindu community of the area were forced to remain indoors due to the riots.

Activists, journalists and authors, along with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, took to social media to condemn the violence, and said authorities should identify the perpetrators through videos of the incident that were posted online. Protests were also held in surrounding towns, including Mirpur Mathelo and Adilpur, where demonstrators blocked roads and demanded the police arrest the school principal.

PPP leaders Saeed Ghani and Nasir Hussain Shah - Sindh's Information Minister Saeed Ghani and local government Minister Nasir Hussain Shah reached Ghotki, where they met leaders of the Hindu community. "I did not lead the protest", he told the newspaper.

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