Islamabad: The Hindu community residing in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, has again raised their demand to build a temple in the capital. "We want a temple in the federal capital to perform our religious rituals," Mahesh Kumar, president of Islamabad Hindu Panchayat, told the 'Express Tribune'.
He appealed to the authorities of the capital to cooperate in the construction of the temple. Kumar said that the Hindu Panchayat has also requested Prime Minister Imran Khan to help in building the temple. He said that in the federal capital, it is the constitutional right of the Hindu community to have its own temple. He said that everyone has the right to justice in the 'Principality of Madina'.
Significantly, Prime Minister Imran Khan has been saying that he wants to give 'Pakistan a system of justice in the time of the first government of Islam established in Medina, which was laid by the Prophet Mohammad Saheb'.
There are about three thousand Hindu families living in Islamabad. In 2016, the Capital Development Authority allotted land for the temple in Sector H-9 of the capital. The NOC had also issued a No Objection Certificate. An auditorium and crematorium are also proposed to be built for the social work of the Hindu community in the temple premises. But, the then president of the Hindu Panchayat in the city had said that his community does not have enough resources to build the temple.
Kumar said, "We have formed a seven-member committee to address the issues facing the Hindu community in Islamabad." Kumar, while rejecting the 'rote rhetoric' of connecting the Hindu community of the country with India, said that Hindus living in Pakistan are loyal to their country and are true patriots.
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(Input: Agency IANS)