Nation special report
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday directed relevant authorities to start restoration work of Hindu shrine in two weeks besides summoning details of all temples from the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB).
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the suo motu notice over the condemnable incident of vandalism at the shrine of a Hindu saint in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Karak district. Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked that it was a sorrowful incident and the mob kept vandalising everything in the Hindu shrine.
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmad has remarked the amount to be spent on reconstruction of Hindu Temple in Kark be recovered from Moulvi Sharif and his gang as they will again do this thing unless this amount is recovered from them.
He further remarked “government writ should remain in place. Only suspending police personnel is not enough. This incident has earned bad name for Pakistan in the world.
He observed Chairman Evacue Trust Property Board (ETPB) is not performing his duties in befitting manner. The employees of his department are doing business on temple lands.
CJP questioned how the police allowed the mob to enter the shrines premises instead of controlling the situation. To this, KP advocate general replied that it was unfortunate that the police had not taken any action. CJP said that the writ of the state should be maintained.
The KP Advocate General said that Molvi Sharif had been arrested on his involvement in the incident. The representative of KP police told the court that those police officials showed negligence on the scene have been suspended and complaints were also registered against them.
The KP Chief Secretary informed the court that a contingent of 100 security personnel has been deployed on the Hindu shrine and the building will be restored by the government.
The chief justice remarked that the expenditures to restore the site should be received from the responsible persons. The chief secretary said that the Samadhi will be restored immediately at the governments expenditures and compensation money will be received from the responsible persons.
The chairman of minorities commission said that ETPB authorities should takeover adjoining area of the shrine. Shoaib Suddle said that the prime accused of setting Samadhi on fire was Molvi Sharif and he hopes that he will not get bail easily.
A Member of the National Assembly (MNA) and Pakistan Hindu Council chief Ramesh Kumar said that the community organises two major festivals at the shrine that are being attended by around 400 people. He said that Molvi Sharif had vandalised the shrine in 1997 as well, however, ETPB authorities had not restored the site despite getting orders from the court.