Islamabad: Pakistan is committed to protecting shrines belonging to minorities, a minister said on Sunday, following a protest by Hindus over illegal occupation of a temple in Punjab. Minister-in-charge for National Harmony Paul Bhatti said all steps were being taken to maintain Hindu temples, as reported.

More than 30 Hindus from Zafarwal in Narowal district protested in front of the National Press Club here to seek an end to the occupation of the temple. Bhatti said no one should be allowed to occupy places of worship of the minorities, and ordered authorities to resolve the issue at the earliest.

"Inter-faith harmony can only be achieved through inter-faith relationship. We should have interactions to understand each other's point of views," Bhatti said.