India protests the desecration of Hindu temples by Pakistan

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani foreign ministry said Friday that authorities are trying to locate and arrest those who desecrated a Hindu temple at a Karachi home.

India protests the desecration of Hindu temples by Pakistan

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani foreign ministry said Friday that authorities are trying to locate and arrest those who desecrated a Hindu temple at a Karachi home. This incident drew condemnation from India.

The ministry stated that they are still investigating and that the attackers of the temple Wednesday night before fleeing the scene "will never escape justice" and will be dealt with with all the force of the law.

This statement was made a day after New Delhi had condemned the incident. Arindam Bagchi of India's External Affairs Ministry expressed concern Thursday about the vandalization and said it was "another act of systematic persecution of religious minority in Pakistan."

Bagchi's claim of systematic persecution was rejected by Pakistan's foreign ministry. Instead, it stated that violence was being committed against Indian minority Muslims.

Since last week, anger has grown in Pakistan against India after two representatives of India's Bharatiya Janata Party made remarks that were considered insulting to Islam's prophet Aisha and his wife Aisha. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party expelled one official and suspended the other, claiming that it rejects insulting religious figures.

On Friday, thousands protested against the comments made in Karachi and Lahore by Islamists.

India and Pakistan have had a long history of bitter relations. The nuclear-armed countries have fought two of the three wars they fought over the disputed Himalayan area of Kashmir since 1947 when India and Pakistan gained independence from British colonial rule. Both sides claimed the entire region but not the parts.

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