The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government’s education department has directed that a Hindu temple being used as a girls primary school in Nowshera be vacated and its control returned to the local Hindu community.
KP Chief Minister Mehmood Khan, on the advice of Special Adviser for Education Ziaullah Bangash, directed the local education officers to make arrangements for the school to be shifted to another location.
مشیر تعلیم خیبرپختونخوا ضیاء اللہ خان بنگش نے وزیراعلیٰ خیبرپختونخوا محمود خان کی ہدایت پر رسالپور ضلع نوشہرہ میں مندر میں قائم سکول کو دوسری جگہ شفٹ کرنے کے احکامات جاری کیے۔#KPKUpdates pic.twitter.com/qM5D95TdDm
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A letter to the district education officer (female) in Nowshera has said that the school should be moved to a rented building in the meantime, and that return of the temple to the Hindu community be completed within a month, and a compliance report be filed with the education department once the transition is over.
The temple is being returned to the Hindu community after 25 years.
Back in 1993, there had been no primary school in Risalpur area of Nowshera, so the then provincial government had temporarily acquired the temple premises for six months in 1993. However, a school has been operating in the building ever since.