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IHC orders CDA to respond to plea challenging temple’s construction in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued a notice to the Capital Development Authority (CDA) on a petition against the construction of a temple in the federal capital.

IHC Justice Amir Farooq heard the petition of lawyer Chaudhry Tanveer Akhtar in which he had prayed upon the court that the land allotted for the construction of the Hindu temple in Sector H-9 of Islamabad should be withdrawn along with the funds allocated for the project.

“A temple already exists in Saidpur village,” the counsel said, adding that the government could have renovated it.

He said that the land given for the temple’s construction in H-9 is a violation of Islamabad’s master plan. He added that the master plan of Islamabad should be implemented and a restraining order should be issued against the construction of the temple.

“In Sector H-9, the government did not announce funds for a mosque but released funds for the construction of the temple,” the petitioner lamented.

Justice Farooq remarked that the CDA should state whether the temple in H-9 is part of the master plan of Islamabad or not. “Minorities have full rights, they also have to be taken care of,” the judge said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has been made a party in the petition through his principal secretary. Others include secretary ministry of religious affairs, secretary home, secretary CDA, chairman CDA board and chairman union council of Sector H-9.

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