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Statue, Dismantled for the Third Time

18th August 2021

On Tuesday, a man was detained for sabotaging the sculpture of renowned Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh located at the Lahore Fort, the CCPO officer said that harsh measures will be taken against him. This is repeated the 3rd time after its inauguration.

A video showcases the trespasser named Rizwan disarmed the statue. The statue was situated at the Lahore fort to commemorate the 180th death anniversary of this Sikh ruler. The latest update claims that CCPO Dogar said the culprit used a hammer to wreak damage on the statue.

Defacement such as this was convicted by Federal Minister, Fawad Chaudhry, who termed it as a reprehensible act and said such acts defame Pakistan. He shared his opinion through a tweet.

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Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar also paid attention to the matter and commanded the Lahore CCPO to hand over a report in this regard, afterward. He said that to hold the perpetrator accountable and punish him for following the law. He also instructed the figure to be refurbished.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh rules many parts of Pakistan with Punjab being an integral part of his domain. His statue was unveiled by Sikh historian, writer, and filmmaker Bobby Singh Bansal. The S.K. Foundation owned Bansal, had financed the statue.

Bansal stated earlier that these gestures were a means to appreciate and encourage Muslim-Sikh friendship, donated this to the people of Pakistan to endorse Sikh legacy and tourism here. A little time had passed after the installation of the statue when it was wrecked by men struck who stroked with wooden rods.

The aggressors were invocating refrains in contradiction to the prior ruler of Punjab and were remonstrating beside the withdrawal of Jammu. The second attack took place in 2020, in December, in which a young man dismantled the bronze figure. Every accused and suspect is recorded to have said that it’s wrong to install a statue of such a tyrannical and anti-Muslim ruler.

Please contact the Legal Research Institute of Pakistan for further assistance.

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