KARACHI: Pakistani police say they have registered a blasphemy case against nine Muslims suspected of attacking a Hindu temple.
The case is fairly unusual — Pakistan's harsh blasphemy laws are more often invoked against alleged insults to Islam, not minority faiths.
The laws, sections of which carry the death penalty or life imprisonment, have faced international scrutiny this year after a young Christian girl in Islamabad was accused of desecrating a Quran.
Police officer Mohammad Hanif said Muslims protesting an anti-Islam film on Sept. 21 ransacked the Sri Krishna Ram temple in a Hindu neighborhood on the outskirts of the southern city of Karachi.
They allegedly broke Hindu statues, damaged a holy book and beat the custodian.
A cleric is among the suspects, but none had been arrested as of Sunday.