KARACHI: Mayor Karachi Barrister Murtaza Wahab has taken notice and clarified that “no such demolition of the Mandir has taken place and Mandir is still intact”, after there were reports circulating media about alleged demolition of what its was said to be a 150-year-old Mandir located in Soldier Bazaar area of Karachi.
The Hindu community earlier claimed that the “builder mafia” had demolished its over 150-year-old Mari Mata Temple in Soldier Bazaar. They alleged that the builder, for construction of a commercial building over the plot of the temple, demolished the structure late on Friday night with support of the area police.
Have checked. No such demolition of the Mandir has taken place & Mandir is still intact. Administration has intervened & Hindu Panchayat has been asked to assist police in ascertaining the true facts. Will keep everyone posted on this. PPP stands with people of all communities https://t.co/dUKauDtWuZ pic.twitter.com/xu9mN5hbin
— Murtaza Wahab Siddiqui (@murtazawahab1) July 16, 2023
The Karachi mayor further informed that the plot was owned by Hindu Panchayat and they had been involved to ascertain facts. “Administration has intervened and Hindu Panchayat has been asked to assist police in ascertaining the true facts,” he posted on social media.
Murtaza Wahab said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) believed in religious harmony and freedom and asserted that no one would be allowed to construct or raze even any structure of a place of worship of any minority community.
Meanwhile, the local government has ordered to halt all kinds of demolition or construction activities at the site, while ordering a probe into the matter.