Government Spends $30 Million on Hindu Temple Restoration

July 11, 2006

Source: The Times of India

On July 11, 2006 The Times of India reported, "This is perhaps for the first time in the history of Pakistan that the government is spending close to $30 million for the restoration of a Hindu temple. India is believed to have chipped in $3 million for the project. The three-phase restoration work of the Katas Raj temple complex is being carried out in collaboration with the Archeological Survey of India. On July 1, Chaudhry Parwez Elahi, the chief minister of Pakistan's Punjab province, inaugurated the restoration work by installing a plaque at the site, which is in ruins. He promised that the temple, which dates back to the Mahabharata era, will be restored to its original glory and hoped that this will work as a bridge between India and Pakistan. The chief guest for the event was Shujat Hussain, president of the Pakistan Muslim League."