Religious imperialism: “They have taken over our temple, claiming it as their own. They have stopped us from entering the premises for the past two months.”
“Muslims take over gurdwara in Lahore,” from Rediff (thanks to Twostellas):
An 18th century Sikh temple at Naulakha Bazaar in Lahore has been taken over by a Muslim group, which has replaced the gurdwara’s religious symbols with Islamic slogans, a Pakistani daily reported Tuesday.
“They have taken over our temple, claiming it as their own. They have stopped us from entering the premises for the past two months,” the Daily Times quoted Dr Mampal Singh, a representative of the Sikh community, as saying.
He also claimed that the Evacuee Trust Property Board — which controls the Bhai Taro Singh Jee gurdwara — was supporting the intruders on their claim and not taking any action against them.
“We have written to ETPB on July 8 for the restoration of the temple to us and the officials told us they would act on the application within a month. But they haven’t done anything yet and the intruders are tightening their grip on our worship place,” Dr Singh said.