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After six years, Indians visit ancient temple in Pakistan

Monday February 20, 2012 03:38:13 PM, IANS

Islamabad: A group of pilgrims from India will celebrate Maha Shivaratri at an ancient Hindu temple complex in Punjab province after six years.

A delegation of 50 Hindus from India will celebrate the festival at Katasraj near Chakwal. Hindu mythology considers the place as sacred.

The Indian delegation, which reached Lahore Saturday through the Wagah border, was met by Evacuee Trust Property Board Pakistan chairman Asif Hashmi. The delegation returns to India Feb 23.

A media report said the last delegation of Hindus visited Pakistan in 2006 and later regular visits by Indians to Hindu temples remained suspended.

During 2006-07, Pakistan decided to place idols of Hindu gods in the temples and restore them to their original state to attract Hindu visitors.

"Minorities present here in Pakistan are given full freedom to celebrate their holy events," Hindu Welfare Council Chairman Shiv Pratap Raj was quoted as saying.









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