Hindus await a place to pray and a place to die

Published: February 18, 2016
Senate panel recommends CDA establish temple, cremation ground in capital .

Senate panel recommends CDA establish temple, cremation ground in capital .


A senate panel on Wednesday recommended that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) should establish a temple and a cremation area for Hindu residents of Islamabad.

The recommendations came during a senate committee on human rights meeting, which discussed issues being faced by Pakistan’s Hindu population. The committee was chaired by Senator Nasreen Jalil of the MQM, who is chairperson of the committee.

Human rights activist Kapil Dev drew the attention of the committee towards the lack of temple or a cremation ground in the capital. He informed the committee that 158 Hindu families totalling around 800 people live in the capital, but due to the lack of a cremation ground, Hindus are forced to go as far as Sindh to perform the ritual.

“It is difficult for to move dead bodies to Sindh, especially in the summer. Therefore, the CDA should establish a cremation ground,” said Dev, who is a resident of Rawalpindi.

Krishan Sharma, a minority rights activist from Mithui in Sindh, also highlighted the issues being faced the community and stress that lawmakers address these on a priority basis. “It is our fundamental right…to be provided a temple and a cremation ground,” he added.

The lawmakers recommended having CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal in attendance in the next meeting.

Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani of the PML-N also informed the committee that this was serious issue being faced by the community and government should look into it. He informed the committee that influential people had occupied a Hindu temple in Rawalpindi.

Vankwani also appreciated the passage of the Hindu Marriage Bill 2015, saying that this was the first time in the capital’s history a bill was passed to protect the rights of minorities.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Barrister Zafarullah Khan said the government is committed to protecting the rights of Hindu citizens, and that the Hindu Marriage Bill was passed by the National Assembly’s standing committee. He said that he recently visited Sindh to look into issues being faced by Hindus.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 18th,  2016.

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  • indian
    Feb 18, 2016 - 9:27AM

    guess if the same thing was done to muslims in the indian capital , these people would be screaming intolerance.Recommend

    Feb 18, 2016 - 11:27AM

    @indian: Somebody is even now screaming………although Islamabad has provided for a Hindu temple and burial ground………Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Feb 18, 2016 - 12:16PM

    I can understand a “place to pray”, but a “place to die” ?? If you haven’t heard, that can be anywhere anytime…Recommend

  • Bharatiya American
    Feb 18, 2016 - 3:13PM

    Truly sad Pakistan…Is 70 years not enough to at least provide these basic facilities for cremation…Just flabbergasted to know this fact. Hope you guys sometime see the world around you without the religious prism.Recommend

  • Indian
    Feb 18, 2016 - 3:38PM

    ill believe it when i see it.Recommend

  • An Indian
    Feb 18, 2016 - 3:52PM

    You don’t need to deny Indian Muslims anything for them to scream intolerance. Intolerance has become a buzzword for just about anything. Just arrest them for a crime perpetrated by them, and they will scream intolerance. Recommend

  • Raj
    Feb 18, 2016 - 4:47PM

    But I heard that there are no Hindus in Pakistan? what is the truth? Is our media and Hindu leaders lying?Recommend

  • GM
    Feb 18, 2016 - 9:43PM

    @Bharatiya American:

    Cremation centres in North America are usually privately run (non profit in most cases). Governments regulate the rules, but don’t build them. Pakistan has gone an extra mile by providing land.

    Same goes for Mosques Temples and Churches. How many Hindu Temples are built by US government? Enlighten us please.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 19, 2016 - 12:31AM

    Good move.

    We should ensure our compatriot brothers from the hindu community have all facilities.Recommend

  • Abdul Faisal
    Feb 19, 2016 - 12:51AM

    Hindues most welcome in Islamabad. If they want must have temple as well. Recommend

  • usman778
    Feb 19, 2016 - 7:48AM

    I DEMAND that HIndu compatriots are treated with love and respect, that their requests be honored.Recommend

  • brar
    Jul 1, 2016 - 10:25AM

    @Rollin & Trollin: Not place to die but a place to cremate the dead,.Recommend

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