The Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan will consider whether public money can be used to build a Hindu temple in Islamabad.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri has told the National Assembly that construction of temple is not the real issue, but building it with public funds is the main concern of religious activists.
Mr Qadri said that after being contacted by a few minority members who said they had acquired four kanals for the temple, he told them he had limited funds for renovating existing places of worship.
According to Pakistan Today, he said: “On the request of the members, the matter was referred to the prime minister and there has been no progress in this regard.
“There is no question on the temple’s construction. The issue is whether or not it can be built using public money.”
According to the reports the matter has been referred to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII). Qadri said construction had been halted due to technical reasons and issues with the Capital Development Authority (CDA).