Chief Justice of Pakistan to celebrate Diwali at Hindu temple which was attacked in 2020

Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmad will celebrate Diwali on Monday at a centuries-old temple in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak area which was demolished by a mob last year.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmad (Photo: Twitter/@JusticeGulzar)

To show solidarity with the minority Hindu community, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmad will celebrate Diwali on Monday at Teri temple in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak area which was demolished by a mob last year.

According to a statement released by the Pakistan Hindu Council, CJP Gulzar Ahmad will take part in the Diwali celebration at 3 pm on Monday.

The temple is a shrine of a saint, Shri Param Hans Ji Maharaj. It was established in the year 1920.

The temple was vandalised by a mob led by a local cleric belonging to the Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl in December last year. The incident took place hours after a rally by Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl which was held nearby wherein speakers reportedly delivered fiery speeches which charged the crowd that later stormed the temple, set it ablaze and razed it to the ground.

Incidentally, it was CJP Gulzar Ahmad who had ordered the restoration of the shrine. Last month, he also ordered the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to recover Rs 33 million (Pakistani rupees) from the culprits involved in vandalising the shrine, according to Dawn.

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