ISLAMABAD, July 02 President Pakistan Muslim league Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz has oppose the decision for construction of Shri Krishna temple in the territory of federal capital.
He said the construction of Hindu Mandar in Islamabad is again the sprite of Islam. the Mandar should be construct in that area where Hindu are in majority. He also mentioned that during his tenure most of the Hindu mandars including Katas Raj were renovated while funds have been released for the renovation of churches.
Its remember here that the foundation stone of the temple was laid in the on June23 and the construction has also begun for the Krishna temple The temple will cover a huge area of 20000 sq ft in the city’s H-9 sector region and the Islamabad Hindu Panchayat has named it Shri Krishna Mandir.
According to Pir Noorul Haq Qadri, Religious Affairs Minister, the whole cost of the temple’s construction will be borne by the Pakistan government. Parliamentary Secretary on Human Rights Lal Chand Malhi got the opportunity to perform the temple ceremony.
Malhi said the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad has a significant Hindu population, which has only increased in the last 20 years, so it was important to build a temple where the community could worship.
He further said, “The Hindu community in Islamabad has been demanding a temple for a long time now. The population has also increased while many Hindu temple structures in the capital have been abandoned.
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) had allotted this plot to the Hindu Panchayat in 2017 but temple work could not start because of some formalities issues such as the site map’s approval by the CDA. But now that everything is sorted, the temple’s construction has commenced.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved a grant of Rs100 million for the construction of the first Hindu temple in the capital. The request for the grant of the amount was made to the prime minister by Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri during a meeting with the prime minister.
The meeting was also attended by a delegation of MNAs belonging to religious minorities including Lal Chand Malhi, Dr Ramesh Vankwani, Jai Prakash Ukrani, Shunila Ruth and James Thomas.
The delegation discussed the issues faced by religious minorities and lauded the efforts of civil and armed forces in crushing the terrorist networks across the country who had been targeting people of other faiths as part of their extremist agenda.
The delegation sought the support of the government for the construction of first temple in the capital. The prime minister gave verbal approval.
Meanwhile, Lal Chand Malhi said the Hindu population in Islamabad had reached to around 3,000, which included government employees, private sector employees, members of the business community and a large number of doctors.
“While the official formalities are underway, we have decided to continue the initial ground works including the levelling of the land and erecting the boundary wall,” Mr Malhi added.
Hindu Panchayat Islamabad will manage the Shri Krishna Mandir. The Panchayat’s president, Mahesh Chaudhry, said a large number of people from various parts of the country, including Balochistan and Sindh, had shifted to Islamabad, mainly due to insecurity in those areas.
“Now when we have families here, there is a need for a crematorium, a place for collective prayers and marriage ceremonies,” Mr Chaudhry said, adding that “currently, we hold Holi and Diwali functions in government’s community halls or marquee.”