Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered to begin the reconstruction of the tomb of the Hindu saint within two weeks.
With this, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has been asked to submit a report to the court.
Recently, the historic samadhi of the Hindu saint Shri Param Hans Ji Maharaj in Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was demolished by an angry mob of locals.
Taking suo motu cognizance of this incident, the Supreme Court held a hearing on Tuesday. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the case.
Police IG Sanaullah Abbasi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province Chief Secretary Dr. Kazim Niaz were present in the court during the hearing.
What happened in the Supreme Court
Police IG Sanaullah Abbasi told the court that 92 policemen have been suspended in this case so far. It also includes SP and DSP.
109 people who carried out this incident have also been arrested. One hundred policemen have been deployed near the site of the incident.
He told that a Maulvi Sharif incited the mob to violence.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Gulzar Ahmed said that suspending police officers is not enough.
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed said that the government’s order should be followed under any circumstances. This incident has tarnished the image of Pakistan worldwide.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered to begin the work of rebuilding the tomb within two weeks.
Apart from this, the Supreme Court asked to recover money for construction work from Maulvi Sharif and his ‘gang’.
The chairman of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Evacuee Trust Property Board told the court that the samadhi is taken care of by the Hindu community and since there is no Hindu population around this samadhi, the samadhi is closed and no board staff is appointed here has not been done.
Holy place for hindus
Pakistan Hindu Council chairman Ramesh Kumar told the court that hundreds of Hindus visit the samadhi site every year.
He also told that in 1997, Maulvi Sharif broke the temple here. Then the Hindus wanted to build a temple with their money there but the board refused.
Shoaib Sudle of the Minorities Commission complains that the Property Board did not do what it should have done to save it.
He said that this place is a holy place for Hindus like Kartarpur for Sikhs. It is not just that Pakistan has been insulted by this incident.
The Chief Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Dr. Kazim Niaz, assured the Supreme Court that the provincial government would bear the cost of rebuilding the temple.
But the Chief Justice has asked him to recover money from those who set fire to the tomb.
He said that he will do it again unless money comes out of his pocket.
Actions and reports
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed has ordered the Chairman of Evacuee Trust Property Board to immediately visit the site of the incident and get the reconstruction started.
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed also asked for a full account of the properties left behind. Along with this, he directed that he should also give details of the closed temples and open temples.
Chief Justice also directed to take action against the officials who have illegally occupied the vacant properties.
He has asked to present all these reports in front of the bench within two weeks.
The next hearing in this case has been postponed for two weeks. It is expected to be judged in detail later.
What is the reason for the dispute
Last week, the historic mausoleum of the Hindu saint Shri Param Hans Ji Maharaj in Terry village of Kark district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was demolished by an angry mob of locals.
According to the police, the local people were angry with a Hindu leader for building their house on this tomb.
The orthodox people of the area had been opposing this mausoleum from the very beginning. In 1997, this samadhi was attacked by the locals for the first time.
However, after the order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, it was reconstituted by the Provincial Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Despite the government’s support and the court’s decision, the situation in Terry remained tense.
The local administration had long talks with Terry fundamentalists before starting the reconstruction of the mausoleum.
In 2015, Waqar Ahmad Khan, Additional Advocate General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa presented a report in this regard in the Supreme Court.
It was said in the report that the reconstruction of the tomb was allowed only after the people of the Hindu and Muslim communities were prepared on five conditions.
It is said that one of the conditions of the agreement was that the people of the Hindu community would not propagate their religion in Terry.
They will only be able to offer their religious prayers there.
At the tomb, they will neither be allowed to gather large numbers of people nor will any major construction work be allowed at the tomb.
Apart from this, people of Hindu community will not be able to buy land in that area and their scope will be limited to the tomb.
This mausoleum is the property of the Evacuee Trust Board. He was cremated here.
His followers used to come here every year to worship. In 1997, this process stopped when this temple was demolished.
After this, followers of Hindu saint Shri Param Hans Ji Maharaj started efforts to rebuild the temple.
People of the Hindu community had alleged that a local cleric had taken possession of it despite being the property of a government trust.
This property belongs to the office of the department, whose job is to maintain religious places in the province.
After all, after the intervention of the Supreme Court, this samadhi was again built in the year 2016.