Islamabad: The public slammed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Monday for cancelling a plot designated for the construction of a Hindu temple and cremation centre at H-9. However, the city officials were forced to remove a notification that the plot had been revoked within hours.

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The four kanals at H-9/2 were given to the community in 2016 for the construction of the federal capital’s first Hindu temple, crematory, and community centre. CDA’s counsel Javed Iqbal told the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday that the civic agency had already cancelled the land for the Hindu community in February this year for not starting construction.

Following this, the CDA was chastised in the mainstream and on social media, causing it to remove the notification and restore the plot within hours.

Allotments of all lands allocated to various offices, universities, and other institutions on which no building work had begun were annulled, according to CDA spokesperson Syed Asif Raza, following a decision by the federal cabinet.

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Preetam Das, the former president of the Islamabad Hindu Panchayat, received the cancellation and subsequent reinstatement letters. A Hindu Panchayat delegation led by its president Mahesh Kumar met with the CDA chairman last year and informed him that the Council of Islamic Ideology had approved the construction of a cremation in Islamabad.

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