Digital Desk, New Delhi. The Capital Development Authority (CDA) in Pakistan has canceled the allotment of land for the construction of a temple in Islamabad.
Civic body’s lawyer Javed Iqbal informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday that the allotment of land was canceled after the federal cabinet banned construction of new buildings in the green areas of the capital.
Earlier, the CDA had allotted land for the construction of a temple in Sector H-9/2 for the convenience of the minority community. The report said that a temple, community center and a cremation ground were to be constructed at the site.
During the hearing in July last year, the Urban Planning Director of the CDA had told the bench that the process of plot allotment had started in 2016.
He said, this place was allotted to the Hindu community for the construction of a temple, community center and cremation ground (crematorium).
Reportedly, he said, the plot was allotted after consultation with the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Special Branch and the Islamabad administration.
As the CDA official apprised the bench, an area of 3.89 kanals was allotted in 2017 and handed over to Hindu Panchayat in 2018.
According to Human Rights Commission (HRC) member Krishna Sharma, there are around 3,000 Hindu families living in Islamabad and its outskirts. The report said that they lack a proper place where they can celebrate religious events like Holi and Diwali or organize weddings or funerals.