“We don’t know who those men were. We have never seen them before. We are very saddened by the incident. It has really terrorised the neighbourhood.”
“And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know whom Allah knows.” (Qur’an 8:60)
“Panic grips Pakistani Hindus after temple is desecrated in Karachi,” PTI, February 3, 2016:
Karachi: Three pistol-waving bearded men stormed a 60-year-old temple in Pakistan’s largest city and desecrated the idol of a Hindu deity, leading to fear among the minority community here, a media report said on Tuesday.
The incident happened on January 21 when the three men clad in salwar and kameez stormed the temple waving pistols and ordered everyone inside the premises to step out.
The panic and scuffle that followed resulted in desecration of one of the three beautifully-decorated idols at the temple near the Karachi Zoological Gardens, Dawn reported.
“The people are afraid of coming here for puja now after the attack,” said Maharaj Hira Lal.
Other than the Maharaj and his family, the caretakers of this temple, nobody else was present when the scuffle broke.
“We don’t know who those men were. We have never seen them before,” the Maharaj said. “We are very saddened by the incident. It has really terrorised the neighbourhood,” he said.
The temple has three idols of deities Shitala Mata, Santoshi Mata and Bhavani Mata.
Maharaj said the temple was built as a place for worship by his grandfather soon after he moved to Pakistan from India some 60 years ago….