In another incident of extremist mobs targeting a Hindu temple in Pakistan, this time the saviors of the temple were the Muslim neighbors.
Mostly reported from remote areas of the Sindh province in Pakistan, these attacks have now reached the provincial capital, the port city of Karachi where a vicious attack was carried out on Tuesday.
It was a Hindu temple, in Karachi's century old neighborhood that houses over 300 Hindu families, which were vandalized.
An angry mob attempted to attack the compound, located near Lee market in Lyar area. As per residents, belonging to the Hindu community, scores of men had assembled outside the compound's only gate at around 9 p.m.
"Many in the mob were believed to have intended to attack the Hindu families," said an eyewitness.
"Some of the angry men had managed to reach the temple and tried to vandalize it," said another resident of the area.
"I never felt this kind of dread," added a teary-eyed resident.
However, it was the bravery and courageous stand of the Muslims from the same compound that reached the gate and stopped the mob from entering and attacking the Hindu families.
"Even though we were saved by the mob because of our Muslim neighbors, the mob was able to vandalize at least three pre-partition idols, which were destroyed during the episode," said another member of the Hindu community.
The Hindu residents of the compound were all praise for their Muslim neighbors, who had "asked the mob not to attack any Hindu family and stood in the face of danger like a wall".
"Had it not been for the Muslim families, it would have been very difficult to thwart the attack," said a senior police official.