|Shri Laxmi Narain Mandir (Photo Courtesy:tribune.com.pk)|
A Pakistani court has restrained authorities in Karachi from demolishing a Hindu temple believed to 200 years old.
The Sindh High Court directed the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and other respondents not to demolish the Shri Laxmi Narayan Mandir at the Native Jetty Bridge, according to the Dawn newspaper.
A bench led by Chief Justice Mushir Alam asked a court official to inspect the temple and submit a report.
The court gave the order on a petition filed by Kailash Wishram, who lives in the residential quarters in the temple premises, saying that a private company in collaboration with the KPT had started some construction work, blocking access to seawater from the temple.
The petition said the construction threatened the place of worship and also the rights of the minority community in that country.
Wishram said the temple was constructed much before the partition of the subcontinent and for a long time Hindus have been performing religious rituals there.
He said access to seawater was one of the essential things to perform worship.
The Pakistan Hindu Council says the temple was constructed 200 years ago and many Hindu festivals are celebrated there.
It is also a sacred place for performing funerals and other religious rituals by the sea.
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