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By Not Building Mandir, Pakistan Has Played into the Hands of Modi

A moment of self-reflection.

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The construction of Islamabad’s first-ever Hindu temple has been halted after cases of violence and destruction of its site were reported in recent days.

On Friday, July 3, the Capital Development Authority (CDA), visited the site of where the Shri Krishna temple was to be built and instructed workers to stop working on the boundary wall.

CDA spokesperson Mazhar Hussain said that the building plan had not been submitted to the authority.

However, according to the Hindu Panchayat President Pritam Das, an application regarding the boundary wall construction had already been submitted to the authority on June 19. He adds that he didn’t receive any response from them.

“The application said that the boundary wall was being built to secure the possession of the plot.”

Das says that it did not make any sense for the authority to take this step.

Why is the government now washing its hands off the construction of the first-ever Hindu temple in Islamabad?

Is the Pakistani Govt. Doing Any Better Than Modi Govt?

Earlier, it was reported that the construction of the site had started and Islamabad’s Hindu Panchayat had asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to provide them with funds in order to build the temple.

“The plan along with the request for a grant of Rs100 million has been sent to Prime Minister Imran Khan,” said PTI MNA Lal Chand Malhi.

According to him, PM Khan initially approved the grant. However, with growing opposition from clerics and some coalition allies, it was agreed that a decision will be taken after advice from the Council of Islamic Ideology (CCI).

The Hindu Panchayat President also said that they have been receiving numerous threats and objections from certain vested interests ever since the construction started.

“They demand that a temple should not be built with the government’s money,” he said.


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Extremists Destroy The Construction Site

Following this, a teenage boy destroyed the boundary wall of the Shri Krishna Temple on Saturday. The video of the temple being attacked went viral on Twitter and garnered strong reactions from people all over the country.

In a tweet, Lal Chand Malhi said that the Hindu Panchayat is discontinuing the temple’s construction due to recent cases of trespass, violence, and destruction of its site.

The whole incident has started a debate on Twitter and hashtag #MandirTauBanega has become one of the top trends on the social media platform.

Concluding thoughts

Given how the Indian government has been condemned internationally for its anti-Muslim measures, the decision for denying minorities in Pakistan a place of worship also tends to give a similar message.

The question is – should we be competing with a deeply genocidal and nationalistic BJP government? Or should we be scoring a huge diplomatic win by demonstrating that Pakistan can also look after its minorities? The Kartarpur Corridor made PM Imran Khan an international statesman, and this was one another opportunity to do so.

Alas, this is a battle we seem to have lost once again to the forces of obstructionism and extremism.


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Written by Lens Staff

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