India Intelligence Report

   Pak Destroys Lahore Hindu Temple



  • Pakistan destroys Hindu Temple in Lahore

  • Board to protect minorities claims it did not know about temple

  • Pakistan denies report

Violating the Nehru-Liaquat pact that prohibits the destruction of religions places in either country, Pakistan has reportedly destroyed a Hindu temple in Lahore to build a 4-storey commercial complex; Pakistan denies this report and says the temple is intact.

Reports in Pakistani dailies say that the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), a statutory body that is responsible to protect the property of minorities in Pakistan, sold the temple to a jeweler who promptly destroyed the temple to make way for a commercial complex. The ETPB Chairman claims that he did not know that the building was a temple and Pakistani papers say that the board hid the fact that it sold a temple to the promoter.

There is a small minority of Hindus that continue to live in Pakistan. Millenniums old Hindu temples in Pakistan are in decrepit condition and are often used as dumping ground and storage areas. It is not clear if the Indian Government has officially protested this matter with Pakistan.

Pakistan referred to the violation of the pact when the Babri Masjid was destroyed and during the 2002 Gujarat riots to castigate India for its failure to protect Muslim shrines and people.