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Condition of most Hindu religious places in Pakistan worsens: Report

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Most religious places of minority Hindu community in Pakistan are in poor condition and the authority responsible for their maintenance has failed to fulfill its responsibility. These things have been said in a recently presented report.

The report prepared by the one-member commission was filed in the Supreme Court on February 5, according to The Dawn, which described the poor condition of most religious places of the community in the country. The report also outlined That the Evaqui Trust Property Board (ETPB) responsible for the maintenance of these sites has failed to maintain most of the ancient and sacred sites of the minority community.

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The news said that the Supreme Court had constituted a one-member commission of Dr Shoaib Suddle. It consisted of 3 assistant members Dr Ramesh Wankwani, Saqib Jilani and the Attorney General of Pakistan. He was named Deputy Attorney General to take part in the fact-finding activities of the Commission.

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Commission members visited the Katasraj Temple in Chakwal on 6 January and the Prahlad Temple in Multan on 7 January.

The report states that joint efforts are needed to improve the condition of the Terri Temple (Karak), Katasraj Temple (Chakwal), Prahlad Temple (Multan) and Hinglaj Temple (Lasabela). The report also suggested amending the ETPB Act to create a working group for the rehabilitation of holy sites belonging to the Hindu and Sikh communities. In this report, the Supreme Court has been requested to direct the ETPB to take part in the reconstruction of the decaying Terry temple / mausoleum and cooperate with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for the efficient implementation of the instructions given by the apex court from time to time.

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In December, a temple was set on fire by members of the radical Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Party (Fazl-ur-Rehman group) in the village of Terri in Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The attack on the temple was strongly condemned by human rights activists and minority Hindu community leaders, following which the Supreme Court ordered its reconstruction.

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