PAKISTAN, October 6, 2012 (Pakistan Observer): [HPI Note: This is an editorial]:
It was shocking to see that a group of Muslims ransacked a Hindu temple in Karachi during protests in reaction to a blasphemous film in the United States. The group broke religious statues, tore up a copy of the religious book, took away the decorative ornaments and beat up the caretaker.
We strongly feel that those involved in the incident must be nabbed immediately and awarded due punishment. Generally speaking, cordial relations exist between the Muslim majority and the minorities in Pakistan yet the condemnable act of some miscreants was certainly aimed at defaming Pakistan. It is the responsibility of the government to protect the religious places of the minorities and in view of the current tense situation due to the sacrilegious film, it was essential that adequate security should have been in place at the temple.
Our religion -- Islam-preaches tolerance and protection of people of other faiths and we warn that such incidents would create a sense of insecurity among the members of the minority community who are as patriotic Pakistanis as any other person. However we think these attacks were in reaction to acts of white extremists in the West who frequently come out with cartoons, articles and films to hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the globe. Pakistan is not the first country where one witnessed the chain reaction. To prevent such incidents and in order to avoid clash of civilisation, the international community must look into adopting an international convention, sooner the better, against blasphemy to ensure sanctity of all religions.