Pakistan: Hindu Temple compound residents continue protest over ‘harassment’

Protesters demonstrate

HYDERABAD: Members of the Hindu community staging protest rallies and demonstrations for more than a week over alleged harassment by political activists took out another rally on Friday for the protection of their lives and property of the Kali Mata temple in Latifabad.

The rally was taken out from SP Chowk [Square] and after marching on various streets and roads, the participants converged on the local press club where they staged a demonstration and a sit-in.

A number of activists belonging to various nationalist parties also joined in the protest.

Residents of a huge compound within the Kali Mata Shiva Mandli temple claimed that a group of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) activists along with the ‘land mafia’ were bent upon acquiring a piece of temple land measuring 20,000 square yards for commercial purposes.

They said that the temple compound had a settlement of several thousand Hindu families living there for decades.

They alleged that PPP activists and their associates had been firing into the air to harass the poor Hindu residents of the compound almost daily…