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Pak minority shrine body bars Peshawar admin from taking control of Panj Tirath

Press Trust of India  |  Peshawar 

(EPTB), which manages the shrines of Hindus and Sikhs, has stopped the district administration of from taking control of temples in Panj Tirath, a Hindu which has been declared as the national heritage.

The said that no one can take control of the temples in Panj Tirath unless two cases pending in the High Court are decided.

Deputy Director in an official communique to the said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Archaeological Department has declared temples in Panj Tirath as the national heritage, but the has not been informed in writing till date about it.

Temples are property of the EPTB and declaring the temples as the national heritage without taking the EPTB into confidence is beyond any logic, it said.

"The EPTB is a federal department which has its own rules and regulations and no provincial government can prove that its law has an edge over the laws. Therefore, the should avoid taking control of the temples in Panj Tirath or its handing over to the archaeological department," it said.

In a related development, the in a letter addressed to the President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice, for Religious Affairs and has sought control of the Panj Tirath, stating that Rajputs have no temple for worship while other Hindus have their shrines in Peshawar.

The temples in Panj Tirath should be allocated to the Rajput Hindus so that they could worship there instead of worshipping in homes, the Hindu Rajput Society said in the letter.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 16:40 IST