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Pakistan temple reopened after 72 years

Devotees praying at the Shawala Teja Singh temple after it was reopened on Monday. Photograph:( AP )

AP Islamabad Aug 06, 2019, 06.45 PM (IST)

Authorities in Pakistani have reopened an ancient temple for the country's tiny Hindu community in the industrial city of Sialkot, news agency Associated Press reported.

The 1,000-year-old Shawala Teja Singh temple was closed for worship shortly after the creation of Pakistan in 1947.

Monday's reopening of the temple coincided with New Delhi's decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, triggering tension between Pakistan and India.

Sialkot city shares a border with Jammu and Kashmir.

Only a few jubilant Hindus turned up to worship at the Shawala Teja Singh temple after it was reopened.