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Pakistan removed ancient Afghan soldier Hari Singh’s statue from the chowk

Pakistan government removed a soldier’s statue from on of its circle which is said to be Hari Singh’s statue. Hari Singh was known to be the Sikh warrior the Afghans were scared of. Haripur in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where the statue was removed, was named after him.

Trouble’s brewing in Haripur, a prominent city in Pakistan’s Hazara region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, named after its founder — the legendary Sikh commander Hari Singh Nalwa. While many, including a BBC Urdu article, reported that it was his statue as a sword-wielding horseman that was removed from the Siddique-i-Akbar Chowk, some are also claiming it to be “fake news”.

According to an ANI report, which quotes Pakistan Today, the development “hit the sentimental and religious values” of the Sikh community in Pakistan. The eight-foot-tall metal statue had to be removed after some religious parties objected to its installation, a Dawn report said, quoting sources.

The News International reported that “the statue… became controversial when the chowk was called Ghora Chowk instead of Siddiq-e-Akbar Chowk that annoyed the activists of religious parties who demanded removal of the monument.”

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