Clerics, lawyers pile up pressure against construction of Hindu temple in Islamabad


By Hamza Ameer

Islamabad, Jul 4 (IANS): Days after the ground breaking ceremony at the land allocated for construction of a Hindu temple in Pakistan's capital, religious organisations have hyped up the pressure on the government and the capital's construction authority, prompting the authorities to stop construction work.

The first Hindu temple for Hindu minorities in Islamabad was recently allocated a land area of at least 4 kanals in Sector H-9/3 in Islamabad along with an additional fund of Rs 100 million, approved and released immediately by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

However, the decision did not go well with the religious organisations, who were quick to raise serious concerns over the construction of the temple in the capital, calling it against the norms and teachings of Islam.

In a fatwa against the construction of the temple, religious group 'Jamia Asharfia', an organisation comprising of leaders from different schools of thoughts of Islam, declared the construction of Hindu temple in Islamabad by the Imran Khan government against the Shariah.

"In a state, formed on the principles of Islam, preserving, maintaining and looking after the already present religious sites of other religions is correct as it provides them freedom to perform their religious rituals. However, construction of a new worship place of non-Muslims is not acceptable as per the Islamic Shariah," read the fatwa.

Another religious organization has issued a statement, saying that allocation and construction of a Hindu temple in Islamabad is a clear violation of the capital's master plan.

Ulema Mashaikh Federation of Pakistan (UMF), another religious organisation representing religious scholars from different schools of thoughts in Pakistan, has also condemned the government's decision to construct a Hindu temple in Islamabad and has announced July 5 as a day of condemnation against the decision.

"July 5 will be marked as a day of condemnation against the government's decision to construct a Hindu temple in Islamabad. We demand the government to reverse its decision with immediate effect," read the press release.

A petition has also been filed in the Islamabad High Court, challenging the federal government's decision to construct the temple.

The petition contented that a temple for Hindus of Islamabad already existed in model village of Saidupur, located in Sector F-6 Islamabad, insisting that the government should renovate the existing one instead of constructing a new temple.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Religious Affairs Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Union Council of Sector H-9 and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) have been made respondents in the case.

"The land allotted for the construction of the temple be withdrawn, along with the funds allocated for the project," advocate Tanveer Akhtar said in his petition.

The pressure and the uproar of the religious clerics has already shown its effect as the CDA has stopped the construction work on the site, amid increased threats piling up on the issue.

Sources within the CDA confirmed that the work on the site has been stopped as there is a petition in the Islamabad High Court, while the threat of religious groups is also serious.

  

Comment on this article

  • Azeez Vittal, DXB

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    The fanatics are the world enemies of democratic society.When these groups control masses and the elected govt, then this is what we can expect.The extremism will prevail as long as religion and fanatics are encouraged by the society.

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  • Harish, Kadaba

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    Vishvaroopam.

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  • Mohammed, India

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    Why indians are worried about Pakistan??? Let them do whatever they want on their land.. indian govt also says same thing when other countries try to interfere in our internal matters..

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  • Mr Kamath, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    If they bulid temple or church also it will last only for 2 days. You cant built something nice in between terrorists

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  • Don D, Mangalore, India

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    In many of the Muslim countries the people from minority religions are treated as second class citizens. This is the tragedy in this modern world. Fanatic organizations are not allowing their Governments to do anything for the minorities. In Pakistan the minorities are treated very badly and the entire secular western world is closing their eyes. In fact these extreme secular western countries allow millions of muslim refugees to come and settle down in their countries and flourish. Why there should be double sstandards? The world must condemn the religious persecution happening in these countries. Jai Hind.

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  • Vikram, Dubai

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    We believe all religions are same but different practice...if you don't believe in it then how can you prove your religion is great ?

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  • Ahmed, KsA

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    Best of luck..,

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  • Rajesh, MANGALURU

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    did this stunt to show that Pak too can be secular. But some terrorists would have destroyed it anyway.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Jul 4 2020

    Mandir Wahi Banayenge ...

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