Pak okays long-sought demands of the Hindus

hinduismThe community will finally get temple, cremation ground 

Islamabad : In a rare first, Hindus living in the Pakistani capital would soon have their major demands met after a decision by authorities to allocate land for a temple, community centre and cremation ground, reports PTI. The decision was taken on Friday in a meeting of Capital Development Authority (CDA), which is responsible for development and civil amenities in Islamabad.

The Express Tribune reported that CDA approved the allocation of a half-acre plot of land in Sector H-9 of the capital for a Hindu temple, community centre and cremation ground in the federal capital.

“It was a longstanding demand of the Hindu community which has finally been fulfilled,” the paper reported. There are around 800 Hindus living in Islamabad, and in the absence of a temple, they were forced to celebrate Diwali and other religious festivities at home.

As there was no crematorium in the city, they also had to take the bodies either to Rawalpindi or to their hometowns for cremation.

The only large temple in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi is Krishna Mandir in Saddar although a few smaller ones exist in residential parts of Rawalpindi cantonment. The CDA board allocated the plot close to one that had already been allocated to the All Pakistan Buddhist Society.