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Peshawar High Court moves against ongoing Demolition of Hindu Temple in Pakistan

An ancient Hindu temple, located in Mohallah Wangrhi Garah in Karimpura locality, was being secretly demolished

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Islamabad, November 8, 2016: Two Pakistanis have moved the Peshawar High Court against the alleged ongoing demolition of a non-functional Hindu temple in Peshawar.

They have sought orders for placing the old structure under the control of the archaeology department, the Dawn reported on Tuesday.

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Muhibur Rehman and Waqif Saleem said the issue of alleged changes made to the temple building was reported in national and international newspapers, following which the government sealed the temple and arrested two tenants.

They added that those elements in connivance with the evacuee trust properties department had resumed the temple’s demolition to construct a plaza there.

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The petition, filed through lawyer Muazzam Butt, lists as respondents a string of officials including the provincial Home Secretary, the archaeology director, Peshawar Deputy Commissioner and the local police.

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The petitioners quoted media reports to say that the ancient Hindu temple, located in Mohallah Wangrhi Garah in Karimpura locality, was being secretly demolished.

They added that they had addressed a news conference reminding the government to take appropriate steps to protect the Hindu temples and holy places but to no avail. (IANS)

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Hindus In Delhi Push For A Temple On The Ruins Of a Mosque

The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad gather during a rally in New Delhi, Dec. 9, 2018. The group gathered thousands of supporters to demand the construction of a Hindu temple on a site where a mosque was attacked, demolished in 1992. VOA

Tens of thousands of hardline Hindu protesters marched in New Delhi on Sunday, calling for a grand temple to be built on the ruins of a destroyed mosque in a flashpoint Indian city.

Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the Indian capital under tight security, where speakers warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned.

Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of the deity Ram.

The site was home to a medieval mosque for 460 years until Hindu zealots tore it down in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims.

Its future has been tied up in courts for decades but some hardliners want Modi, who is seeking reelection in 2019, to push parliament to guarantee the temple by law.

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“The gathering here is telling you that Hindus won’t sit back until the temple is built, and our wishes are respected,” said Champat Rai, the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) group that organized the protest.

Demonstrators chanting “Praise be to Ram” packed the Ramlila Maidan, a vast ground capable of holding more than 50,000 people, and filled the surrounding streets.

Some carried maces and tridents — weapons traditionally wielded by Hindu gods — and traveled great distances by train and bus to reach the rally.

“We have come here to protect our religion and Hindu pride. We want a temple for our Lord Ram,” Hitesh Bharadwaj, a teacher from Delhi’s satellite city Noida, told AFP.

The hardline VHP has applied pressure on Modi in recent weeks, staging a huge show of force in Ayodhya itself last month.

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A close ally of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the group is spearheading a push to raise the Ram temple, and is calling for more protests as the premier prepares to go to the polls by May.

The BJP was on the margins until the 1980s when its top leaders, including Modi, backed a growing movement for the construction of the Ram temple.

Its advocates want parliament to introduce a law bypassing legal hurdles blocking the temple before Modi’s term ends.

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The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

“We don’t care about the courts. A grand temple will be constructed in 2019,” Sushil Chawdhary, a VHP leader, told AFP. (VOA)