Pak Hindus and Sikhs condemn demolition of Hindu temple in Rawalpindi

     Pakistan’s Hindu and Sikh communities have condemned the demolition of a pre-partition 87-year-old Hindu temple by its owner in Rawalpindi ’s Bhabra Bazaar. The temple on Tipu Road , opposite the Rawalpindi Medical College , was being used by Hindus and Sikhs in the city to perform last rituals of their dear ones. According to the plaque fixed on the building, Lala Tansukh Rai, the Raees-e-Azam Rawalpindi , had constructed the temple in memory of his wife in 1923. The Pakistan Hindu Sikh Social Welfare Council said that the Auqaf Department, an autonomous body of the Provincial Government, was bound to save the temple, and it is their duty to protect the buildings related to the minorities, The News reports. They have also appealed to the government to direct the Auqaf Department to take action against demolition of temples in future.

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