SC seeks timeframe for rebuilding Hindu shrine in Karak district of KP.

ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday has sought timeframe from the relevant authorities to rebuild Hindu shrine in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Karak which was damaged in a tragic incident of vandalism on December 30 last year.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the suo motu notice over the tragic incident of vandalism at the shrine of a Hindu saint in KP's Karak district.

A Member of the National Assembly (MNA) and Patron in Chief Pakistan Hindu Council, Dr. Ramesh Kumar told the court that the reconstruction work of Samadhi was not started so far.

During the hearing, the chief justice remarked that the compensation money was not received from the responsible persons in Karak incident. Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked that the reconstruction work of the Hindu shrine should be started immediately.

KP's Additional Attorney General (AAG) told the apex court that the provincial government allocated Rs34.8 million to rebuild the Samadhi. CJP remarked that 119 persons had been arrested over their involved in the Karak incident.

Justice Ahsan said that nobody would think about doing such a thing ever if compensation money is retrieved from the responsible persons.

CJP said that all properties of ETPB have been given on lease, whereas, some of the properties were permanently given on lease. AAG told the court that 14 properties of ETPB are currently occupied.

The chief justice maintained that ETPB properties could not be given to anyone. He questioned how ETPB would establish housing societies on its land...

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