The government of Pakistan approved the construction of a Hindu temple in Islamabad on Monday. The construction of the temple here stopped about six months ago due to pressure from hardline Islamic groups. The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Monday issued a notification in Lahore allowing construction of boundary wall of cremation ground of Hindu community in Sector-9/2 of Islamabad.
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif allotted land
According to the plan, Krishna Temple will be constructed on a part of 20,000 square feet of land in the H-9 administrative section of the capital. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had allotted land for the temple. The temple complex will have structures for other shrines beside the funeral site.
Kattawadi religious leaders warned the government
Earlier, some Kattawadi religious leaders warned the government not to allow the construction of the temple in Islamabad. In July, the CDA stopped construction of boundary walls at the site fixed for the temple citing legal reasons. The council, which advised the government on religious matters to the government, said in October that there is no constitutional or Sharia ban on temple construction in Islamabad or any other place in the country.