Sharif visits Katas Raj, says Pakistan will be minority-friendly
Islamabad, Jan 11 (IANS) Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday inaugurated a water filtration plant at Katas Raj temple complex in Punjab and said Pakistan will soon be known as a “minority friendly country”.
The Katas Raj houses ancient temples, remains of a Buddhist stupa, a few medieval temples and old havelies — residential buildings — around a pound considered holy by Hindus.
The complex is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and considered as holiest temple of Pakistan.
The water filtration plant will provide clean water to Hindus, who visit Katas Raj temple complex. Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf and Chairman of Evacuee Trust Siddiqul Farooq were also present.
Sharif also visited different sections of the temple where he was briefed about its historic significance.
It is believed that the temple complex exists since the days of Mahabharat, and Lord Krishna himself laid the foundation of Katas Raj.
The Prime Minister said he has advised government officials to spare no efforts in hosting pilgrims and the protection and expansion of minorities’ places of worship.
He said he would ensure his full support for the construction of Baba Guru Nanak and Gandhara Universities.
Sharif referred to historic examples to stress that it was a part of the Islamic faith to treat the majority and minorities equally.