Pak’s Hindu MNA hopeful of favourable temple verdict | Chandigarh News

Amritsar: With the Islamabad high court reserving its verdict on the construction of a new Hindu temple in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad Hindu Panchayat (IHP) functionary and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) member of national assembly (MNA) Lal Chand Malhi, spearheading the temple drive, is hopeful that the court will give verdict in their favour, since their constitution allows minority communities to construct places of worship.
Talking to TOI over phone from Islamabad on Monday, Malhi said the HC had reserved the judgment on the petition seeking ban on construction of a Hindu temple. “In all probability, the court will give its verdict tomorrow and we are hopeful that it will be in our favour.” he said. Malhi claimed that deputy attorney general Raja Khalid Mehmood had stated in the HC that the constitution permits minorities to build places of worship. Mehmood also told the court that the case was giving a negative message to the world about Pakistan, he added.
Asked how hopeful was the Hindu community of Pakistan from its judiciary allowing the construction temple especially in light of Pakistan government referring the matter to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), he said, “Since a few fundamentalist organizations have been opposing the construction of a temple and a seminary has also issued a fatwa, it was government’s duty to refer such matters to CII for its comments. But when court gives its verdict in light of Pakistan constitution, then their (CII’s) opinion didn’t matter,” he said.
Proposed to be constructed at a cost of 50 crore Pakistani rupees (PKR), the IHP had demanded 10 crore PKR from the Pakistan government. “Prime minister Imran Khan has agreed to give Rs 10 crore for the construction of a Hindu temple, but the amount is yet to be credited since the procedure takes time,” said Malhi.
In 2017, the Capital Development Authority had allotted a plot measuring 20,000 square feet to IHP for the construction of a temple and crematorium.

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