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The Chief Justice directed the authorities to immediately rebuild the shrine of Karak

Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed on Monday directed authorities to begin work on rebuilding a Hindu saint’s shrine in Karak, which was set on fire by angry mobs last year.

Pakistan’s Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, who took suo motu notice of the attack, was told by minority lawmaker Ramesh Kumar about the temple vandalism during his meeting in Karachi last week.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and the endowment department have been directed to start work immediately and submit a progress report within two weeks.

The Chief Justice also observed that those who had vandalized the temple should pay the price for its restoration. The court also sought reports on the number of temples in Pakistan, encroachments on lands belonging to the endowment department, and measures taken by the authorities against land grabbing.

All temples in Pakistan come under the endowment department.

Earlier, Muhammad Shoaib Suddle, a former police chief and one-member commission on minority rights, filed a report in the Supreme Court on the vandalism.

MNA Ramesh Kumar informed the court that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan had said that Karak was a sensitive area.

“The Hindu community should rebuild the shrine. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will pay for the reconstruction of the shrine.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Advocate General said that according to the law, tenders would have to be issued for the reconstruction of the shrine. To this end, the Chief Justice directed the authorities to immediately rebuild the shrine.

He directed the authorities to present a timeline in the court for the time of reconstruction of the shrine. Justice Gulzar also directed the authorities to prepare the Prahladpuri temple in Multan for the Hindu festival of Holi.

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