KARACHI, Pakistan – Hindus in Karachi are demanding retribution after one of their temples and some nearby houses were destroyed.
Pakistani Hindus have increasingly complained of discrimination and harassment in Muslim-dominated Pakistan.
Residents and members of the Hindu community said Sunday a builder with a police escort razed the small temple and some surrounding buildings.
Residents protested at the Karachi Press Club Sunday, demanding compensation as well as return of religious materials.
Ramesh Kumar Vankwani from the Pakistan Hindu Council said there is a long-running legal dispute between the builder and residents over the land, but it belongs to the Hindu residents.
Zeenat Ahmad, who runs the department in charge of military land, said a court order allowed some of the buildings to be razed, but she denied the temple was damaged.