Muslims and Hindus unite to protest in support of the construction of Islamabad’s first ‘Hindu Temple’
The temple would’ve been the first of its kind in the country’s capital, as no Hindu temple has been built in Islamabad since 1947.
A historic display of unity was seen by people from the ‘two’ religions after they protested together in the capital to request the government for the temple.
The Shri Krishna Mandir’s construction was stopped by the Capital Development Authority for ‘legal reasons’.
VIDEO: Pakistanis protest against the halting of construction of Islamabad's first Hindu temple since partition after pressure from clerics and legal challenges pic.twitter.com/G4uIa2wQC5
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) July 10, 2020
The temple would’ve been the first of its kind in the country’s capital, as no Hindu temple has been built in Islamabad since 1947. However, religious parties and members of the PML-Q party opposed the idea which is why; the construction has been halted.
Ammar Rashid, who is the president of the Awami Workers Party Punjab, tweeted regarding the protest with pictures and said that this was done to ‘demand respect for religious freedom according to the constitution.’
Today's protest in Islamabad in support of the Hindu community's right to build a temple in the capital & to demand respect for religious freedom as enshrined in the constitution. #AreHindusLesserPakistani #MandirInIslamabad pic.twitter.com/M88bujvwJL
— Ammar Rashid ☭?#FreeBabaJan (@AmmarRashidT) July 8, 2020
Hindu Rights Activist Kapil Dev, appreciated the efforts of the people on protest and said that ‘Pakistan has given them a hope that they won’t be left alone and ignored.’
Pakistan has once again given us a hope that we won't be left alone & ignored. Today mainstream political parties rallied behind #minorities in NA & progressive citizens of #Islamabad staged a protest demanding #temple in the town.
— Kapil Dev (@KDSindhi) July 8, 2020
Islamabad High Court has recently legalized the construction after discarding about three petitions which were ‘not’ in the favor of the temple’s construction.
After the construction work was stopped, two videos went public. One of these showed a man ‘reciting Azan’ at the location where the temple was to be made and the other of a young boy demolishing the foundation of the temple.
Here are the videos:
The people who have such ‘extremist religious beliefs’ were under heavy criticism and are being called a ‘blockage’ for the progressive elements of the country.
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