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BJP leaders meet Pak envoy, protests temple demolition in Karachi

Publish Date: 04 Dec 2012, 07:29 PM
Last Updated: 04 Dec 2012, 07:29 PM
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BJP protest temple demolition in Pak
BJP protest temple demolition in Pak

New Delhi: A delegation of BJP leaders on Tuesday met the Pakistan High Commissioner to India and submitted a memorandum to register their protest against the demolition of a temple in Karachi and the plight of Hindu minorities in the neighbouring country.

The delegation, comprising of MPs J P Nadda and Balbir Punj, and party leaders Murlidhar Rao, Arti Mehra and Vijay Jolly, submitted the memorandum to Pakistan High Commissioner Salman Bashir.

"The latest case of a 200-year-old Hindu temple demolished in Bhimpura locality in the southern port city of Karachi is dreadful and painful for BJP. The Shri Rama Pir Mandir reportedly demolished and more than 40 Hindus rendered homeless is gross injustice and un-acceptable to BJP," the party said in its memorandum.

Insisting that this is a violation of fundamental rights of Hindus in Pakistan to live and worship without fear. BJP demanded suitable laws to address "Protection of Religious Minorities and their Properties" in Pakistan.

The party demanded early resolution of the Shri Rama Pir Mandir demolition issue and the immediate arrest of the culprits responsible for this incident.

Speaking to the delegation, Bashir underscored the commitment of his country to protection and promotion of the fundamental human rights of all minorities, including Hindus.

He said Pakistan has taken important steps to promote interfaith harmony as well as respect for religious beliefs, culture and traditions of the minorities, a statement from the High Commission said.

(Agencies)

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