Pakistan to restore 400 Hindu temples

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The federal government, in an unprecedented move, has decided to restore hundreds of temples in the country and return them to the Hindu communities to strengthen ties with the neighbouring country.

The temples, which were left abandoned during the partition were made into stores, grocery shops and restaurants, while some were turned into madrasas for Islamic preaching, India Today reported.

Those Hindus who decided not to migrate at the time of partition, haven’t been able to visit their temples due to encroachment.

The Imran Khan-led government looks forward to restoring two temples per year, which may take up to 200 years to put back all the temples and hand them over to the Hindus.

They will start with the temples in Sialkot and Peshawar. Sialkot has a Jagannath temple and a Shivalaya Teja Singh temple.

A few months back, Prime Minister Imran Khan agreed to open the Kartarpur Sahib corridor to help facilitate Sikhs from the Indian side to visit Guru Nanak’s birthplace.