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Construction of Hindu temple in capital: No funds allocated, no master plan made, says IHC

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July 8, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court Tuesday announced its reserved judgment on pleas against the construction of a Hindu temple in the federal capital and disposed of all the petitions.

Justice Aamir Farooq of Islamabad High Court announced judgment which was reserved a day before.

The order stated that the matter of funding for construction of temple, community center and place for cremation of Hindu community had already been referred by the federal government to the Council of Islamic Ideology and no amount had yet been disbursed as submitted by the representative of Ministry of Religious Affairs; hence the grievance of the petitioners on the specific issue stood allayed and had become infructuous for the time being.

The IHC said the contention that financing of the project by the federal government to a small Hindu population in the ICT area was a waste of public money also does not call for any finding as the matter, at present, has been halted.

The order further states that the petitioner has questioned allotment of a plot on the basis that the same is not provided for in the Master Plan.

The representative of the Capital Development Authority and counsel for the authority submitted that Sub-Sector H-9/2 had plots allocated for graveyard of minorities hence on that basis the allocation was made.

It seems that the allottee namely IHP did not adhere to the Rules and Regulations of Capital Development Authority by submitting building plan and seeking its approval and on the said basis the construction of plot was stopped. Even otherwise, the Capital Development Authority is entitled to take appropriate action in accordance with the term of the allotment and its laws for violation of the terms of allotment, if any.

The court order further states that the fact remains that no construction at present is taking place at the site in question and is unlikely to commence till compliance is made with terms of allotment and Capital Development Authority laws.

As noted above, the Capital Development Authority is yet to approve a building plan as and when the same is submitted and while doing so can holistically review the matter. It is an admitted position that no construction on any site can commence by any allottee unless it complies with the Rules and Regulations of Capital Development Authority.

The court disposed of petitions against the construction of temple.