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Katas Raj Temple case: SC vows not to leave the issue till concrete action

Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has said that Supreme court will not leave the Katas Raj Temple case till the concrete action.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar expressed on Tuesday concern on the absence of statues of Hindu deities in the Katas Raj temples in Chakwal.

Hearing the suo motu case on the drying out of the temple’s pond, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan questioned the Evacuee Trust Board Property (ETBP)’s counsel whether the statues are with the institution or have they lost it?

The counsel said that during the tenure of former chairman Asif Hashmi, there had been massive financial irregularities in the organisation.

“Hashmi did massive corruption and left the country,” he said.

The chief justice then questioned why Hashmi has not yet been arrested, adding that they can summon the Punjab home secretary and foreign secretary.

The bench showed reservations on the absence of the DG Khan cement factory’s counsel, Salman Akram Raja.

The cheif justice observed: “If Salman Akram Raja is outside the country then Mian Mansha should appear before the court”.

The chief justice also inquired the names of cement factories located nearby the temple.

The hearing was then adjourned until tomorrow.