BJP Leader to Tour Sacred Ruins in Pakistan to Heal Religious Scars

May 31, 2005

Source: BBC News

On May 31, 2005 BBC News reported, "Pakistan's ruling party hopes a planned temple trip by India's visiting opposition leader will help heal religious scars from more than 10 years ago. India's Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani will tour the ancient temple ruins at Ketas, 100km (65 miles) south of the capital, Islamabad, on Thursday. The event is part of a landmark visit to Pakistan, where some call Mr Advani 'demolition man' for his alleged role in the 1992 destruction of the Babri mosque at Ayodhya. Dozens of derelict temples in Pakistan were razed to the ground by enraged religious zealots in the immediate aftermath of the mosque's destruction. Mr Advani is spending a week in Pakistan at the invitation of ruling party president, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain. Pakistani officials say the temple visit will be an unprecedented goodwill gesture - given Mr Advani's image in the country."