Pakistan: Security improved around Hindu temples; twelve injured in riot in Balochistan over alleged Koran desecration

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard outside the temple that was attacked on Saturday night, in Larkana, March 16, 2014

The Inspector General of Sindh Police, Iqbal Mahmood, on Monday directed DIGs, AIGs and SPs of different zones to beef-up security arrangements at areas inhabited by members of the Hindu community.

The directives follow the events of Saturday, when a mob set on fire a Dharamshala and damaged some statues of Hindu deities in an adjacent temple in Larkana in protest against alleged desecration of the Koran.

In his directives, Mahmood said special measures must also be adopted for security of all temples as well as community halls and other facilities frequented by members of the Hindu community across the province.

Mahmood said security must also be immediately strengthened across the board to all mosques, imambargahs, seminaries, mausoleums and other sensitive buildings, including government installations, educational institutions managed by missionaries and public places.

Related: DERA MURAD JAMALI: At least 12 people were injured in clashes with police during rallies and demonstrations held in Dera Allahyar and other towns of Nasirabad and Jaffarabad districts in Balochistan on Sunday in protest against alleged desecration of the Koran in Larkana.

The angry mob set on fire a number of shops in Usta Mohammad town of Jaffarabad. Protests were also held in Dera Murad Jamali and other towns and cities of Balochistan.

A large number of people led by local religious leaders tried to attack Hindu temples and Gurdwaras.

They also tried to enter Hindu localities, but police and Levies personnel foiled the attempt. Police fired in the air to stop the protesters from attacking a temple in Dera Allahyar. Some protesters and four other people were injured.

Four of the shops set ablaze in Usta Mohammad belong to Hindu traders. The protesters also tried to attack other properties of the Hindu community, but they were pushed back by a heavy contingent of law-enforcement personnel deployed by the administration.

All shops, markets and commercial centres were closed in the districts of Jaffarabad, Nasirabad and Sobatpur bordering Sindh. Security has been beefed up in and around temples and Gurdwaras and police and Levies personnel started patrolling Hindu and Sikh localities.

More information on the alleged desecration: What actually happened? (Murky rumours only, it seems)

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These attacks on NATO trucks are very common. They are almost routine. Now that Russia is a new enemy and the other route out of Afghanistan requires Russian co-operation, NATO might have trouble physically getting out of the place.