ISLAMABAD - A lawmaker representing minority in National Assembly on Saturday accused the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government of annihilating a 100-year old temple in Karak district regretting the place of worship for Hindus is now in custody of a Muslim religious cleric.

MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar has appealed Supreme Court to take notice of the issue complaining despite he repeatedly requested KP authorities, no action was taken against the illegal occupation of the temple.

Krishna Dawar Temple, he said, had been established in 1919 in Teri area of Karak district where Hindus would continue to visit the place from across the country until it was razed in 1997.

On Thursday, MNA Kumar who is also patron-in-chief of Pakistan Hindu Council, visited the historic temple and found that a Muslim clergy namely Maulvi Iftikhar had bulldozed the temple and instead constructed a house over the sacred place.

Kumar told The Nation that Supreme Court had already taken notice of the issue and had repeatedly instructed Chief Secretary KP to restore the temple to its original shape regretting that authorities in the provincial government were least bothered about the worshiping place.

But the issue of re-construction of the Hindu temple in Karak has still not been resolved. “On the last date of hearing, the Supreme Court had given clear direction to the KP government to take administrative action for restoration of the temple within two weeks and in this regard, KPK provincial government had presented a written report on reconstruction.

“But when I visited the Krishna Dawar Temple attached to Samadhi of Shiri Parm Hans Ji Mehraj one day ago, I came to know that all the walkthrough and ways to the Samadhi have been sealed by constructing a wall and still the possession of the temple is with the one Moulvi Iftikhar,” Kumar said.

Talking about the situation in Sindh, Dr Ramesh expressed sorrow that another Hindu temple in Circuit House, Hyderabad, came under attack recently. “The attack on Mata Mandir is a clear violation of minorities rights and is against the social, moral, political and religious rights of non-Muslims,” he said, adding that non-implementation of Security Plan in Sindh is main cause behind such types of incidents.

The minority lawmaker was of the view that despite the specific orders directed many times by the honorable Supreme Court on June 19, 2014, November 25, December 16, January 13, February 11, March 12, April 16 and finally May 16, no positive step has been taken by the provincial administration.

On the occasion, he announced that a petition regarding this would be filed in the Supreme Court in next coming days. He said that in the holy month of Ramadan, followers of all religions must join hands for ensuring a hate-free society.