The small Hindu community in Pakistan's capital of Islamabad has refused to be cowed down by a fatwa and threats by Islamic fundamentalists and has announced that it is going ahead with its plans to construct a new Hindu temple, Times of India has reported.
A 20,000 square feet land was recent allotted to the Hindu community in Islamabad by the Pakistani government and it was decided that a Krishna temple will be built on the site.
Radicals in Pakistan though soon started to oppose this move and a prominent religious school in the country issued a “fatwa” against the idea, calling it “un-Islamic”.
The fatwa said that in Islamic nations, while repair of existing structure for non-Muslims is allowed, construction of new places of worship is not.
Despite these threats national assembly member Lal Chand Malhi has assured that the work on the temple is continuing in full swing.
This is the first time a Hindu temple is being built in Pakistan's capital. Earlier there were two Hindu temples in the city, one of them is locked in litigation and the other was converted into a tourist place.
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