No Compromise On Katas Raj Temple, Says Pakistan SC On Absence Of Hindu Deities

| December 13 , 2017 , 14:28 IST

The Pakistan Supreme Court hearing a suo motu case on the drying out of the pond in the famous Katas Raj temples in the Chakwal District of Pakistan's Punjab state, on Tuesday, questioned the absence of statues of Hindu deities in the temple.

"There will be no compromise on Katas Raj temple," observed the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar expressed concern that there were no statues of Hindu deities which are generally found in Hindu temples.

Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan questioned the counsel of the Evacuee Trust Board Property (ETBP) on the statues, asking whether the statues were with the institution or had they been lost.

In response, the counsel said that under the tenure of the former chairman of the ETBP, Asif Hashmi, massive financial irregularities had taken place.

"Hashmi did massive corruption and left the country," the counsel said.

Chief Justice Nisar questioned why Hashmi had not been arrested, saying that the Punjab home secretary and foreign secretary can also be summoned, but the court will not leave the issue until concrete action is taken.

The Chief Justice had taken a suo motu notice of the drying out of the Katas Raj temple pond on November 2, which is said to be drying out due to the large amount of water consumption by nearby cement factories.

Considering that the Katas Raj temple is a revered site for the Hindu community, the chief justice had come down hard upon the Pakistan government for failing to protect the site, asking what the government was doing in the issue.

In 2005, BJP leader L K Advani in a trip to Pakistan had visited Katas Raj temple, inaugurating conservation work being carried out by the Pakistan government.