Pakistan Ulema Council helps development of first Hindu temple in Islamabad

Islamabad, July 11

An umbrella group of Muslim organisations in Pakistan has prolonged its help to the development of the primary Hindu temple in Islamabad and denounced the controversy over the difficulty, in accordance with a media report on Saturday.

The Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC), whose members embrace Islamic clerics and authorized students of various Islamic traditions, additionally mentioned the Constitution of Pakistan categorically defines the rights of Muslims and non-Muslims residing within the nation, Dawn newspaper reported.

“We denounce the controversy over construction of the temple. This [making it controversial] by extremist clerics is not correct. The PUC will call a meeting and will also present its point of view to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII),” PUC chairman Hafiz Mohammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi mentioned on Friday.

The CII is a constitutional physique chargeable for giving authorized recommendation on Islamic points to the Pakistan authorities.

Pakistan’s spiritual affairs ministry has written to the CII to hunt its opinion on the federal government’s funding for the development of the temple within the capital metropolis amid opposition from some Muslim teams.

Minister of Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri on Wednesday mentioned there was no drawback associated to the development of the temple, however the true concern was whether or not it might be constructed with the general public cash.

The authorities has permitted Rs 10 crore for the Krishna temple, which is able to come up in a 20,000 sq ft plot within the capital’s H-9 administrative division.

Ashrafi mentioned these opposing the development of the temple have an incorrect interpretation of Sharia (Islamic regulation).

“To have their own place of worship and offer a life as per their faith and tradition are the right given to all non-Muslims in the Constitution and as well as in Sharia,” he was quoted as saying by the paper.

Ashrafi, who can be the chairman of Muthahida Ulema Board, Punjab, mentioned that the Hindus residing in Pakistan weren’t residents of any conquered land; subsequently, the interpretation introduced by sure clerics concerning the rights of non-Muslims in Sharia just isn’t relevant to Hindus and members of different spiritual minorities residing within the nation, the paper reported.

“Dozens of worship places have been established in the country for religious minorities and recently the government constructed the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims,” he mentioned. “Did anybody observed any threat to Islam – No.”

“We are very clear; no extremist group or individual should be allowed to usurp the rights of minorities in the country,” he added.

A Pakistani courtroom on Tuesday dismissed three equivalent petitions difficult the development of the primary Hindu temple in Islamabad.

A single bench of the Islamabad High Court delivered the judgement, making it clear that there was no bar on the Institute of Hindu Panchayat from constructing the temple on the land allotted to it, utilizing its personal funds.

Hindus type the most important minority neighborhood in Pakistan.

According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus stay in Pakistan. However, in accordance with the neighborhood, over 90 lakh Hindus reside within the nation.

Majority of Pakistan’s Hindu inhabitants is settled in Sindh province the place they share tradition, traditions and language with their Muslim fellows. — PTI

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