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Historic Maharishi Walmeck Sawami Jee Temple faces demolition in Pakistan

Aug 26, 2014 18:52 IST

Maharishi Walmeck Sawami Jee Temple of Pakistan: Faces Demolition

Maharishi Walmeck Sawami Jee Temple popularly known as Balaknash Temple of Rawalpindi, Pakistan faces demolition. The reason behind its demolition is to make way for the barracks for soldiers. This move outraged the Hindu minority community in Pakistan.

Built in 1935, this is a pre-partition Hindu temple that is located at  Gracy Lines of Chaklala, It falls in the municipal jurisdiction of military-managed Rawalpindi Cantonment Board.

The temple is located near a Hindu graveyard, which could also be demolished. The Hindu community filed a petition against the demolition of Temple and graveyard in the court which stayed the scheduled demolition on 21 August 2014.

Previous incident

A hundred year old Hindu temple, Shri Rama Pir Mandir in Karachi was demolished along with several Hindu houses by a builder in December 2012.

Despite Pakistani court hearing a petition seeking a stay on its demolition and protests by the minority Hindu community in the country, the builder demolished the historic temple.  Around 40 Hindu people became homeless.

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