Pakistan: Temple Construction Stopped Amid Fierce Opposition; News Channel Steps In To Claim Credit

Pakistan: Temple Construction Stopped Amid Fierce Opposition; News Channel Steps In To Claim CreditFoundation being laid for the first Hindu temple in Islamabad. (Picture: @OrgSarifm)

The construction of the first Hindu temple in Pakistani capital Islamabad has been stopped by the authorities after fierce opposition from extremist Islamist groups and an ally of the ruling party.

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Friday (3 July) stopped construction of the boundary wall on the plot meant for the temple citing legal reasons, Dawn News has reported.

A joint team of the CDA’s enforcement and building control departments reached the site of the temple in Sector H-9/2 and directed workers to stop constructing the boundary wall.

According to the report, a CDA official said that the building control laws of the civic authority clearly stated that no activity could take place on a plot until the building plan (map) was approved.

However, according to another CDA official, it was possibly the first time that this clause had been enforced as all owners were allowed to construct boundary wall and ensure possession of their plot while formalities regarding approval of the map continue.

Meanwhile, a Pakistani news channel, 92News, has claimed the credit for stopping the construction of the temple.

"Owing to successful efforts of 92 News, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) stopped the construction of a temple in Islamabad on Friday," the news channel said in a report titled "92 News Efforts Bear Fruit As CDA Stops Construction Of Temple In Islamabad".

It should be noted that the construction of the temple in the Pakistani capital city has been opposed by country's religious fanatics.

A leading religious school in Pakistan had issued a “fatwa”, or religious edict, against the construction of the temple, calling it "Un-Islamic".

The religious parties like Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) and Jamiat Ahle Hadith were also against the construction of a Hindu temple as according to them it was against Pakistan’s ideology.

Even Pervaiz Elahi, the speaker of Pakistan's Punjab assembly, said that Pakistan was created in the name of Islam and construction of a temple on its soil is against the very spirit of Islam.