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SC stops Hindu temple demolition in Karachi

Written by The Frontier Post

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday stopped the demolition of Hindu temple Dharamshala in Karachi and directed the Sindh secretary archaeology and commissioner Karachi to submit report over the matter.

A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel and Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the case and sought a report on the funds of the one-member minority commission.

During the course of proceedings, the court expressed annoyance over the Evacuee Property Trust Board chairman.

Hindu Council Chairman Dr Ramesh Kumar said a Hindu shrine Dharamshala in Karachi was being demolished and a new building was being constructed over there.

The ETPB chairman said a hotel had been running since 1947 in the building called Dharamshala.

Upon this, the chief justice said the chairman did not realize that what the statement he had recorded before the court. He said facts should be truly narrated before the court.

Advocate Hins Jillani said there was an objection on the minority commission formed by the government.

She said the minority community also objected on the government curriculum.

The chief justice asked why was there so much controversy over the curriculum?

He asked did the court restore the 1960 curriculum. No one objected to the 1960 curriculum, he added.

SC directs KP govt to issue advertisement: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government to issue an advertisement for the issuance of license for Peshawar slaughterhouse.

A two-member Supreme Court bench comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah heard the case.

During the course of proceedings, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah expressed annoyance over Peshawar Metropolitan Corporation and said that it seemed the corporation was favouring its blue eyed company. He said that the Peshawar High Court ordered a new advertisement for the slaughterhouse five years ago.

Peshawar Metropolitan Corporation was violating the decision of the Pesha-war High Court, he added.

The counsel for the corporation said that the slaughterhouse license was issued for Rs 5.1 million.

Justice Ijaz asked why corporation was not following the process of transparency? A new advertisement should be given as someone could buy a license for Rs 10 million, he added. He said that the Advocate General Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had admitted in court that the process for issuance of license was not transparent.

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