Gulzar Ahmed to celebrate Diwali in same temple which was demolished by Muslims last year

Islamabad: The Pak Hindu Parishad (PHC) is scheduled to hold a grand samroh on Monday to celebrate Diwali at a century-old Teri temple in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.  While it has been revealed that Pak Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed was invited by the Council to celebrate Deepotsav at teri temple. The temple was demolished last year by a mob led by a radical Islamic party. Not only that, the temple was set on fire. The temple was later renovated on the orders of the Chief Justice of Pak. A large number of devotees from Sindh and Balochistan provinces are scheduled to attend the Deepotsav programme.

Accommodation and food arrangements for 1500 pilgrims: For devotees from Sindh and Balochistan to attend the annual fair at Teri Temple, the Council has appealed to the Ewaiqi Trust Property Board (ITBP) to accommodate and arrange food for about 1500 pilgrims in Hasanabadal. Devotees have started arriving at Hasanabad, from where they will leave for Teri area of Kark on Monday and return on the same day. The shrine is associated with Paramhansji Maharaj, a saint in Kark district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where the temple was established in 1920.

How was Dir attacked last year?: It was demolished by a mob of about 1,000 people in December last year under the leadership of a local cleric associated with Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazal. The Supreme Court of Pak was told by the local administration that 109 people were detained after the incident.

The apex court had also issued directions in October 2021 to the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to recover Rs 3.3 crore (US$ 1,94,161) from criminals who ransacked the old temple. Earlier this temple was first attacked in 1997. Despite all the opposition, the annual fair resumed in 2015 with the efforts of PHC President Wankwani.

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