ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, March 10, 2014 (Daily Times): Armed men have burnt down a yoga center in Islamabad inaugurated by a world famous Indian Hindu guru who once offered to teach inner peace to the Taliban, police said on Sunday. The Art of Living center was torched on Saturday night in the upmarket Bani Gala suburb of the capital. It was the Pakistan branch of an international non-government organisation founded by Nobel peace prize nominee Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, described by Forbes magazine in 2009 as the fifth most powerful person in India.
Nayyer Salim, a police official told AFP some eight to nine people were involved in the attack. "The watchman told us that some eight to nine men armed with pistols and guns came and asked for money. Then they tied up three employees on duty and spread petrol," he said. The staff members survived the attack, police said.
Shahnaz Minallah, the Pakistan co-chair of Art of Living who was in Lahore at the time of the arson confirmed the incident but declined to comment further until she reached the site. Police said the motive behind the incident was not yet clear but they were investigating whether it was related to the center's connection with India.