Home Minister of Sindh, Sohail Sial has avowed that foolproof security of minorities’ places of worship is responsibility of Sindh Government. “Protection of lives of religious minorities in the province is responsibility of the Sindh government,” he said while adding that the provincial government is also liable to safeguard properties belonging to the minorities.
Sindh Home Minister further directed the Inspector General of Sindh Police to make sure that the security provisions at the worship places of Hindus and other religious minorities. Furthermore, he issued directives to the IG Sindh Police to guarantee foolproof security of lives of religious minorities. His directives come in the wake of a recent mob violence against Hindu community in Ghotki.
“It is responsibility of the Sindh government to safeguard lives and properties of religious minorities,” he said. Sindh Home Minister Sohail Sial also issued direction to the D.I.G Larkana Abdullah Sheikh and D.I.G Sukkhur Feroze Shah to provide infallible security at the temples, churches and other places of worship in Ghotki, Dharki, Obarro, Mir Pur Mathelo, Shikar Pur and other areas.
Sindh Home Minister further directed the law enforcement authorities to keep a close eye on the elements fanning sectarian violence in the province. Home Minister’s directions come following austere violence against the Hindu community in the Ghotki district.
On July 26, Tuesday, a former Hindu Amar Lal, was arrested by the police over charges of blasphemy. Hindu community claims he had converted to Islam 4 years ago and was no longer a Hindu. Amar Lal was accused of desecrating the Islamic holy book Quran. Soon after the news of the alleged blasphemy spread around, violence erupted.
A Hindu teenager was shot dead, and another critically injured by incensed mobsters, while shops of Hindus remained closed. Hindu leaders claim some of the Hindus fled fearful of violence. Shops and markets remained shut completely as a result of the Muslim reprisal to the alleged blasphemy.