Temple Demolished in Lahore? – Minority Rights

A private developer was allowed to demolish the Krishna Mandir at “Wachhoowali, Rang Mehal, Lahore” and raise a commercial complex in its place in violation of Pakistani laws, BJP leaders claimed.

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Terming it an act of “Talibanisation”, the BJP on Tuesday condemned the reported demolition of a Hindu temple in Lahore and said it would take to the streets to organise protests against this.

“Pakistan, which describes itself as a true Islamic state, has done a most un-Islamic crime by demolishing a minority religious site – a temple in lahore,” former Union minister and senior BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain told Indian reporters on Tuesday evening. The demolition of the temple was an act of “pure Talibanisation”, he said.

Lambasting Pakistan’s establishment for targeting minorities, Hussain said the condition of minorities in that country is miserable and they are living as “third class citizens”. The metrobloggers can read more information on the news from rediff.com

Whereas, my study tells a different story. I’ve found this article published a year ago on Daily Times, where Mr. Faraz Abbas, ETPB Administrator claims the renovation of Krishna Mandir, the only active Hindu temple in the city, started on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 under the supervision of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB). The restoration is expected to take three months and cost Rs 1.2 million. Now the question remains, if they are actually demolishing the temple by giving the rights to the local contractor to erect a building in place OR is it just another misunderstood reason of the situation the Hindus of the city have concluded while Punjab Government is taking another step to renovate the temple? – Does anyone have a clue?

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The temple was among the many badly damaged in fierce reprisals of the December 6, 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid in India. “The ETPB has renovated the temple many times since partition. The Hindu community celebrates many religious events with the help of the ETPB.” Many other proposals have been sent to authorities to renovate other temples and places of worship for minorities in Punjab.

9 Comments so far

  1. Visitor Across Border (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 2:32 pm

    I googled too and found out it is indeed true. It is reported in Dawn as
    Another
    temple is no more
    and they also did a follow up story as
    EPTB men
    ‘concealed facts’: Krishna Mandir demolition
    . Why is when both governments
    are trying to

    mend relations
    there is always some secret hand to boycott it?


  2. Omer Pervaiz - Opee (unregistered) on June 15th, 2006 @ 5:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing the link. Dawn’s article explains a lot about the valuable stuff. I believe if the voices are raised, the situation itself can cut those secret hands. Lets see what happens.


  3. Capt. Ajay Tripathi (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 9:24 am

    What a difference – In India a government protects Minorities Places of worships at the cost of majority community and in Pakistan temples are demolished for the sake of majorities.
    Shall Indian learn from it?

    Capt. Ajay Tripathi
    Tokyo


  4. Brian Khan (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 3:16 pm

    Turns out the temple was never demolished. Indian hypocrites shouldn’t throw stones from a glass house considering they let the Babri Masjid be demolished and then sat by while minority Muslims were slaughtered by fanatical Hindus by the 1000’s.


  5. Brian Khan (unregistered) on June 16th, 2006 @ 3:22 pm

    BTW here’s a link refuting the b.s. claim of the hindu temple being razed: http://www.rediff.com/news/2006/jun/15temple.htm

    Looks like LK Advani and his gang of Hindu fanatics will need to find another excuse to rally their supporters into attacking minority Muslims in India – I’m sure it won’t take them long to come up with some propaganda.


  6. DJ (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 9:25 am

    Well said Brian khan.
    At Ajay>>>>>>>>>>>Yes, India should learn and not to demolish or burn Mosques, churches and Sikh Temples.


  7. chibbi chopra (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 4:41 pm

    capt. jay chapati: go back to india and observe what is happening there. you are living in a fools paradise to say minorities are safe in india!

    and meanwhile you are in tokyo: shuttaaap :D


  8. pinky (unregistered) on June 17th, 2006 @ 6:16 pm

    i live in lahore .and the karishna mundir is still there.no incident of demolishing over here.this is fake news.


  9. khalid raza (unregistered) on June 18th, 2006 @ 11:50 am

    well, i came to know about the shocking incident of the demolition of the temple in lahore,and i comdemn it in the strongest of words.and in my opinion the government of pakistan should look into the matter and restore the situation and bring the culprits to justice. but what left me amused and fuming with anger was the response from the BJP and rss N ITS SISTER ORGANISATION THEY MUSNT FORGET THAT THEY ARE THE SAME FANATICS WHO DEMOLISHED BABRI MOSQUE EVEN THAT THING DIDINT SATISFIED THEM THEY WENT ON KILLING,BURNING AND RAPING MUSLIMS AFTER THAT. EVEN WHEN THEIR GOVERNMENT WAS FORMED THEY BUTHERED THOUSANDS OF MUSLIMS IN GUJRAT THEY DIDNT EVEN SPARE A SEVEN MONTH PREGNENT WOMEN THEY SLIT HER ABDOMES TOOK OUT THEY FEOTUS N THREW IT INTO FIRE I HOPE NO OTHER HUMAN COMMUNITY WOULD SO SUCH A DISGRACEFUL CRIME TO HUMANITY AS THEY DID. THEN ON WHAT ACCOUNT THEY ARE BLAMING OTHERS.
    KHALID RAZA, INDIA



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