Pak’s top judge to the res­cue of Katas­raj pond

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Yud­hvir.Rana@ times­group.com

Am­rit­sar: Pak­istan Supreme Court chief jus­tice Mian Saqib Nisar has re­port­edly rep­ri­manded own­ers of the ce­ment fac­to­ries in the vicin­ity of the clus­ter of Hindu tem­ples at Katas­raj for ex­trav­a­gant use of sub­soil water for per­sonal in­ter­ests, which has not only dried up the holy pond but also played havoc with the en­vi­ron­ment at Katas­raj, sit­u­ated in Chak­wal district of Pak­istan and is a UNESCO world her­itage site ofPak­istan.

Talk­ing to TOI on Satur­day, Islamabad-based lawyer at the high court Muham­mad So- hail Sa­jid said the chief jus­tice vis­ited the his­toric clus­ter of tem­ples on Fri­day and noted the dam­age caused to the holy pond and en­vi­ron­ment due to un­mind­ful us­age of water.

While wel­com­ing the per­sonal in­ter­ven­tion of Pak­istan’s CJ, pres­i­dent of Ken­driya Sanatan Dharam Sabha (North In­dia) Shiv Par­tap Ba­jaj, who leads Hindu jathas to Katas­raj twice a year, said, “The visit is in­com­plete with­out a dip in Sri Amar Kund (holy pond). Last De­cem­ber, when I had led a jatha to Katas­raj, there was hardly any water. But I hope it will be re­stored to its pris­tine re­li­gious glory.”

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