Pakistan’s Supreme Court docket on Tuesday ordered authorities to begin the reconstruction of a century-old Hindu temple that was vandalised by a mob within the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa final week and instructed them to get better the cash for the restoration work from the attackers whose act has brought about “worldwide embarrassment” to the nation.
The apex courtroom, which took discover of the assault and ordered the native authorities to seem earlier than the courtroom on January 5, additionally directed the Evacuee Property Belief Board (EPTB) to submit in courtroom particulars of all useful and non-functional temples and gurdwaras throughout Pakistan.
The assault on the temple in Terri village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Karak district on Wednesday by members of radical Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam get together (Fazal ur Rehman group) drew robust condemnation from human rights activists and the minority Hindu neighborhood leaders.
Throughout the listening to on Tuesday, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed ordered the EPTB to begin the reconstruction work.
Chief Justice Ahmed mentioned the assault on the temple has “brought about worldwide embarrassment to Pakistan.”
The courtroom additionally directed the EPTB to clear encroachments from temples throughout the nation and take motion towards officers concerned within the encroachments.
The EPTB is a statutory board that manages non secular properties and shrines of Hindus and Sikhs who had migrated to India following the partition.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary, police chief, and Shoaib Suddle, the pinnacle of a fee on minorities’ rights, have been current in the course of the listening to.
Dr Suddle, who visited the temple in Karak district and introduced a complete report within the case to the apex courtroom on Monday after it requested him to probe the assault, informed the courtroom that the provincial EPTB “didn’t shield the shrine”.
Justice Ijazul Ahsan then questioned Inspector Normal of Police Sanaullah Abbasi on how the assault might have occurred when there was a police verify submit subsequent to the temple.
“The place have been your intelligence companies?” the choose requested.
Abbasi informed the courtroom that 109 individuals concerned within the assault have been arrested. He additionally mentioned that 92 police officers, together with the superintendent of police and deputy superintendent of police have been suspended.
Chief Justice Ahmed mentioned that “suspension was not sufficient”.
The police chief informed the courtroom protest by the JUI-F was happening close to the location on the day of the incident.
“Out of the six ulema on the protest, solely Maulvi Mohammad Sharif incited the gang,” he mentioned.
The choose additionally pulled up the EPTB chairman, saying he ought to “not sit on the chairman’s seat with authorities mentality”.
“Your staff are doing enterprise on the land meant for shrines. Arrest them and begin the reconstruction of the temple,” Justice Ahmed directed.
The courtroom ordered the EPTB to get better the cash for the temple restoration from the attackers.
“You (EPTB chief) must get better cash from the individuals who did this, from this Maulvi (Sharif) and his followers,” the chief justice mentioned.
Justice Ahsan noticed that the EPTB “has the cash to assemble its personal buildings however doesn’t have cash for Hindus”.
The bench directed that particulars of useful and non-functional shrines, information of disputes on EPTB lands and a report on the efficiency of the EPTB chairman be submitted to the courtroom in two weeks.
The courtroom mentioned an in depth judgement can be launched later and adjourned the listening to for 2 weeks.
In his report, Suddle steered opening of 4 Hindu temples for worldwide tourism, together with Param Hans Ji Maharaj Samadhi (the one attacked Karak), Hinglaj Mata Mandir in Hingol Nationwide Park of Balochistan’s district Lasbela, Katas Raj advanced in Punjab’s district Chakwal and Parhlad Bhagat Mandir in Punjab’s district Multan.
He additionally really helpful that lodging and boarding preparations and safety much like Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib needs to be supplied at these Hindu temples.
Final week, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan mentioned that his authorities will rebuild the temple.
The temple was attacked by the mob after members of the Hindu neighborhood obtained permission from native authorities to renovate its decades-old constructing. The mob had demolished the newly constructed work alongside the previous construction.
Chief of Hindu Neighborhood Peshawar Haroon Sarab Diyal mentioned a samadhi of a Hindu non secular chief exists on the temple web site and Hindu households from throughout the nation do go to the samadhi on each Thursday.
The Samadhi of Shri Paramhans Ji Maharaj is taken into account sacred by the Hindu neighborhood. It was constructed the place he died in 1919 in Teri village of Karak.
The controversy over the samadhi erupted many many years in the past.
In accordance with the small print submitted to the Supreme Court docket in 2014 in a case about it, the Hindus had been visiting the shrine until 1997 when it was dismantled by the locals.
The apex courtroom in 2014 ordered the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa authorities to revive and reconstruct the Hindu shrine. The order was issued over a petition of a Hindu lawmaker who had claimed that the shrine had been occupied by an influential cleric of the world.
Hindus type the most important minority neighborhood in Pakistan. In accordance with official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus reside in Pakistan. Nonetheless, in response to the neighborhood, over 90 lakh Hindus reside within the nation.
The vast majority of Pakistan’s Hindu inhabitants is settled in Sindh province the place they share tradition, traditions and language with Muslim residents. They typically complain of harassment by the extremists.