Pakistan top court orders restoration of demolished Hindu temple in KP

02:15 PM | 5 Jan, 2021
Pakistan top court orders restoration of demolished Hindu temple in KP

ISLAMABAD –The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the restoration of a shrine of Hindu saint, which was demolished and torched by protesters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak, by recovering the amount from those involved in the incident.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar heard a suo motu case pertaining to the demolishing of a Hindu saint's shrine.

During the hearing, the bench reprimanded the KP Police for their failure to protect the sacred place of Hindu community.

"What was your intelligence agency doing when the protesters were gathering?"

KP Inspector-General Dr Sanaullah Abbasi in response said over 90 police officials, who were on duty have been suspended and at least 109 suspects have been detained in the case.

He revealed that the mob had gathering at the site on the call of the Jamiat-e-Ulema-Pakistan, adding that it was sponsored by Maulana Faizullah.

The top provincial cop said that six religious scholars were present on the occasion but only Maulvi Sharif had incited the mob to attack the shrine.

The chief remarked that such incidents are earning bad name for the country.

KP Chief Secretary Dr Kazim Niaz informed the court that the provincial government would restore the temple and bear the expenses for construction.

To this, the chief justice remarked that the cost should be recovered from those who attacked the place. He directed the police to recover the amount from Maulvi Sharif.  

Dr Ramesh Kumar, lawmaker and founder of the Pakistan Hindu Council, informed the court that the same suspect had also attempted to demolish the temple in 1997.

After hearing arguments, the bench sought a detailed report from ETPB on temples and gurdwaras across the country and adjourned the hearing for an indefinite period.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 2 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 2, 2024 (Saturday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 2, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 27.13 27.43
Swedish Korona SEK 314.07 316.57
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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