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The 2006 Lahore temple demolition refers to the demolition of a Hindu temple in the city of Lahore in Pakistan on May 27, 2006 by regional officials.


Demolition Incident

The Evacuee Trust Board had previously allocated a sum of Rs 1.2 million in January 2005 for the renovation and extension of the Hindu temple. The temple had been badly damaged in clashes that took place after the demolition of the Babri Mosque in India in the 1990s.[1] The website of the Minorities Affairs Division of the Pakistan government states that the tender for the renovation and extension of the temple was awarded on March 31, 2005 and over half of the work had been completed by June 30, 2005. The temple was to be completely restored by June 2006.[1]

On May 2006, the temple was destroyed to pave the way for construction of a multi-storied commercial building. The temple was demolished after officials of the Evacuee Property Trust Board concealed facts from the board chairman about the nature of the building. When reporters from Pakistan-based newspaper "Dawn" tried to cover the incident, they were accosted by the henchmen of the property developer, who denied that a Hindu temple existed at the site[2].

According to the priest of the demolished temple, Kashi Ram, many opposition members of the National Assembly belonging to the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League, had attempted to block the demolition by moving a motion in Parliament. However, powerful members of the ruling party considered close to the builders, in collusion with EPTB chairman, Lt Gen Zulfiqar Ali Khan, blocked the efforts and got the temple demolished.[1].

National Response

Several political parties in Pakistan have objected to this move, such as the Pakistan People's party and the Pakistani Muslim League-N[3][4].They reportedly moved a motion against the demolition, saying such an act could have a bearing on Pakistan's relations with neighboring countries.[5] Pakistan denied that the "official" temple in Lahore was demolished, saying that the actual temple was situated in a different place [6] and that it is in "excellent condition".[7] However, these assertions have been disputed[8], with evidence that the EPTB had concealed the fact that the demolished structure was, in fact, a temple.[9]

Legal action

A firm of lawyers representing the Hindu minority has approached the Lahore High Court seeking a directive to the builders to stop the construction of the commercial plaza and reconstruct the temple at the site. The petitioners maintain that the demolition violates section 295 of the Pakistan Penal Code prohibiting the demolition of places of worship.[10]

International response

The move has also evoked strong condemnation from in India from minority bodies and political parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress Party, as well as Muslim advocacy political parties such as the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat[11]

Amid growing condemnation of the demolition of the only temple in Lahore, the Indian government said on June, 2006 that it has ‘taken up’ the matter with the Pakistan High Commission.[12][13] [14]


  1. ^ a b c DNA - World - Save or ruin temple: Board can’t decide - Daily News & Analysis
  2. ^ Another temple is no more,Dawn
  3. ^ Hindu temple in Lahore demolished, Accessed 2009-07-11. Archived 2009-07-22.
  4. ^ Only Hindu Temple in Lahore demolished,Times of India
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ The Hindu : International / India & World : Pakistan denies reports of demolition of Krishna temple
  8. ^ IndiaDaily - Lahore temple still intact : who is Pakistan kidding?
  9. ^ EPTB men ‘concealed facts’: Krishna Mandir demolition -DAWN - National; June 13, 2006
  10. ^ Order for temple's reconstruction sought,Gulf News
  11. ^ India protests demolition of Hindu temple in Pak,Times of India
  12. ^ IndiaDaily - Pakistan failed to protect Sri Krishna temple in lahore - India questions Pakistani act of explicit religious targeting
  13. ^ India lodges protest over Lahore temple demolition-India-The Times of India
  14. ^ The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Main News

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