Hindu community vows resistance of temple’s land commercialization efforts

Rawalpindi—The local Hindu community has expressed its dismay over the ongoing efforts by some elements to commercialize the precious land of Swami Narayan temple situated in Gwalmandi, Rawalpindi. Talking to APP, President Pakistan Hindu, Sikh Social Welfare Council, Jag Mohan Kumar Arorra alleged that some officials connected with land mafia were conspiring to hand over temple land to unauthorized persons for constructing commercial plaza.
Arorra appealed chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) to take notice of such elements who were persistently trying to lease out temple’s precious land. Such attempt will harm the country as government has to protect the rights of minorities under the constitution. Demanding the handing over the control of Swami Narayan Temple to Hindu community, he argued that the cases filed against the temple in Lahore High Court had already been withdrawn by the plaintiff.
Right now, he said there is no case against the temple in any court of law so the temple should be handed over to the community to enable them to perform their religious rituals as guaranteed in the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He said the local government Rawalpindi had handed over Swami Narayan to Hindu community in 1949 and the federal ombudsman had also directed the concerned to hand over the temple to Hindus in 1996.—APP

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