Islamabad: In a simple groundbreaking ceremony at H-9 Sector Islamabad, Parliamentary Secretary on Human Rights Lal Chand Malhi laid the foundation of Hindu Temple.
Lal Chand Malhi uses his Twitter handle to announce this exceptional news.
Particiapted in ground breaking ceremony of #Kirshna #temple at Islamabad H-9 sector, organized by #Hindu Panchayat Isb. It will be first ever temple in #Islamabad since centuries. The govt provided 4 canals of land for construction of temple. Long live Pakistan.@SMQureshiPTI pic.twitter.com/ucd9Umocb9
— LAL MALHI (@LALMALHI) June 23, 2020
In the same vein, Preetam Das, Mahesh Chaudhry, Ashok Kumar, and Chaman Lal that are other senior members of Hindu Panchayat attended the ceremony. All of them thanked the ministry of religious affairs for assistance and support.
Structure and History of Temple land
In 2017, the land of the temple which is 20,000 square feet was assigned to the Hindu Council by the CDA. However, the delay in construction was due to the completion of other formalities.
They named the temple as the “Shri Krishna Mandir”. The temple will have space for religious rites as well as a crematorium.
Moreover, the Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri assured that the construction would be borne by the government, which is currently estimated at Rs 100 million.
Why Temple needed in Islamabad
While talking to media Malhi said
“The temple has built at the long-standing demand of the Hindu community in Islamabad. The main reason is the increase in the population of the Hindu community in Islamabad over the last two decades. It is becoming difficult for Hindus to visit the nearby temple in twin city Rawalpindi for worship”
A major religious hub
Pakistan is the land of different religions. In 2019, Pakistan’s government decides to reopen and renovate the abandoned temples across the country.
Earlier, a survey by the All Pakistan Hindu Rights Movement. Most of the 428 Hindu temples are now converted into stores, restaurants, government offices, and schools after the partition.
That is to say, In 2019, PM Imran Khan opens the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Sahib without visas.
Certainly, the present government is striving to make Pakistan a religious hub by promoting cultural heritage and religious tourism.
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