Panic grips Hindus in Pak after temple desecrated

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Old 03-Feb-2016
Post Panic grips Hindus in Pak after temple desecrated

Three pistol-waving bearded men stormed a 60-year-old temple in Pakistan's largest city and desecrated the idol of a Hindu deity, leading to fear among the minority community here, a media report said on Tuesday. The incident happened on January 21 when the three men clad in salwar and kameez stormed the temple waving pistols and ordered everyone inside the premises to step out. The panic and scuffle that followed resulted in desecration of one of the three beautifully-decorated idols at the temple. PTI
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