A grant of Rs100 million has been approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan for constructing the first Hindu temple in Islamabad.
Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri during a meeting with the prime minister requested for the grant from the PM. A delegation MNAs that belonged to religious minorities including Lal Chand Malhi, Dr. Ramesh Vankwani, Jai Prakash Ukrani, Shunila Ruth, and James Thomas also attended the meeting.
Different issues faced by religious minorities were discussed by the delegation and the efforts made by the civil and military forces in destroying the terrorist networks across the country were appreciated.
The delegation said that it will support the government in the construction of the first temple in Islamabad. Verbal approval was granted by the government.
The minister said, “We will pursue the matter with the PM Secretariat and it is expected that it will be signed next week.”
For the allocation of the grant, a copy of the approval will also be sent to the finance ministry. The construction work will be done by Pak-PWD.
It was revealed by Lal Chand Malhi that the Hindu population in Islamabad has reached almost 3000.
Adding, “While the official formalities are underway, we have decided to continue the initial groundworks including the leveling of the land and erecting the boundary wall.”
The Panchayat’s president, Mahesh Chaudhry, said, “Now when we have families here, there is a need for a crematorium, a place for collective prayers and marriage ceremonies.”