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1448. 

Which country declared the ancient Hindu religious site of Panj Tirath as national heritage?

[A]. Pakistan
[B]. Bangladesh
[C]. Sri Lanka
[D]. Myanmar

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

The provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in northwest Pakistan has declared the ancient Hindu religious site of Panj Tirath in the provincial capital Peshawar as national heritage. The announcement which stated that a fine of 2 million Pakistani rupees and five years imprisonment to be awarded to anyone found guilty of damaging the historic site was made under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Antiquities Act of 2016. 'Panj Tirath' is named for the five pools of water present at the site and houses a Hindu temple "Shawal Thakardawara" and a lawn with date palm trees. Devotees believe that mythical king Pandu from the epic Mahabharata bathed in the pools during the month of Kartik and worshipped under the date palm trees in the area for two days. The site was damaged during the reign of the Afghan Durrani dynasty in 1747, however it was restored by local Hindus during the period of Sikh rule in 1834 and worship started again.

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