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Pakistan: Hindu youth murdered amid communal riots

28th Jul 2016
Pakistan: Hindu youth murdered amid communal riots

By Aamir Latif

 

KARACHI, (AA): A Hindu youth has been killed and another injured in Pakistan amid inter-communal riots, police said Wednesday.

The youth was killed by angry mobs in the remote Dharki district of the populous Sindh province, after accusations that a local Hindu man in a nearby village had burned pages of the Quran, the Muslim holy book.

City police chief Masood Bangash confirmed a 17-year-old Hindu boy, Dewan Sateesh Kuma, died after being shot during the attack and that the man accused of burning the Quran had been detained.

Pakistani English daily Dawn quoted unnamed locals saying the man was a drug addict but had converted to Islam and had been living in a mosque in recent months.

The provincial government deployed additional police and paramilitary forces to quell the tension in the district.

Soon after the incident, protesters in most of the towns took to the roads and staged demonstrations against the alleged sacrilege. They also burned tyres, tried to ransack shops owned by Hindus and clashed with police.

The local Hindu minority community has appealed to federal and state governments to protect them and their property.

Hindus are the second largest minority after Christians in Muslim-majority Pakistan, making up 2 percent of the total 180 million population with most living in Sindh province.

[Map by Green Giant/Creative Commons]

 

One Response to “Pakistan: Hindu youth murdered amid communal riots”

Abdullah KhosoJuly 29, 2016

Indeed a very sad news like many such sad news reports coming from Pakistan. It has become very imperative for Pakistan to declare an emergency in the country and bring all communities together to look at the possible misuse of the law, protect innocent people, how to address it, and what to do with those who misuse the law? But the problem is, who will declare emergency?

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