Islamabad, Mar 11 (): The Art of Living yoga centre, a non-profit group whose spiritual head is Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, an Indian yoga guru, was on Saturday evening set on fire.
It was said by the police on Sunday, armed men had burnt down the yoga centre located in Islamabad that was inaugurated in 2012 by the world-famous Hindu guru of India Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The yoga guru had once presented a speech to the Taliban on inner peace.
In a statement, the NGO said about 15 gunmen had come into the Art of Living centre located at Bani Gala on the suburbs of Islamabad late Saturday and damaged it after fastening the security persons to the trees found in the complex.
The attackers had their faces covered, so they could not be identified. Police said, after tying up the guards, the attackers proceeded to main building — built like an open space hall for outdoor meditation, that also has an indoor meditation hall and few office rooms and set fire on the building with petrol they were already carrying with them.
The capacity of the centre is to hold about 60 people at a time. People present inside the centre during the attack were safe, no one got injured in the attack.
The motive for the attack was not clear but Pakistani police have been investigating whether the attack was linked to centre’s link with India.
During his last visit to Pakistan in 2012, Pandit Ravi Shankar had told in an interview that he would love to give his hands to the Talibans as he had always liked them to view from a wider viewpoint of the universe.
The centres of the guru have many branches spread out all over the world. It is said many followers of the guru teach breathing exercises designed to get rid of jealousies and stress.