The Capital Development Authority has granted Hindus in Islamabad permission to build a cremation ground and community centre in the city. The Islamic Ideology Council has endorsed the decision. The centre, which will have the cremation ground inside it, will be built in Sector H/9 while the Saidpur Temple and other prayer places will be handed back to Hindus as well.
Pakistan’s top Islamic advisory body, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), has approved the construction of a temple in Islamabad, despite resistance. The council has though approved the construction yet it mentioned in its decision that it did not support provision of the government funds for the construction of the temple because “there is no such tradition in the country.”
Minister for Climate Change, Zartaj Gul has said that the government has decided to demolish the Monal Restaurant on the top of Margalla hills in Islamabad. The restaurant, which is famous for its picturesque views is built on Margalla National Park, which is against environmental laws of the country. Margalla Hills area is included in the National Park where cutting down trees without permission is prohibited.
Days after the government stopped construction of the first Hindu temple in Islamabad, a man is seen in a viral video reciting Azan at the site. In the video, a man can be seen standing on the foundation of the temple as another person accompanying him watches on. Recently, a local young boy damaged the foundations of the under construction Hindu temple.
Despite the governments efforts to curb hoarding of essential medicines, otherwise widely available cheap medicine disappears from pharmacies in Islamabad. The Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA) has decided to launch an action against the drug stores involved in hoarding dexamethasone drug, which is being prescribed to coronavirus patients. On selling of dexamethasone in hiked prices, the pharmacists will face action legal consequences.
Number of coronavirus cases have reduced by 90 per cent in an area of the federal capital which was sealed on March 13, it was revealed by Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqat. “Around 100 cases were being reported daily from Sector G-9, but after enforcement of smart lockdown the number of cases has reduced to 8-9 per day.” he told the media.
As numbers of infection mounts considerably in the Islamabad Capital Territory, the administration has decided to seal nine areas to check the spread of Coronavirus. Tally reached 3188 on Wednesday in Islamabad, according to the National Command and Control Centre. The administration also requested law-enforcers to cordon off the affected areas to ensure public safety, according to the notification.
People who don’t wear masks in Islamabad will be fined Rs3,000 and may also face jail time. A tweet by the office of Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat announced on Sunday that the local administration would be enforcing the rule strictly. Dr Zafar Mirza, the premier’s aide on health, said on Twitter earlier in the day that masks were mandatory for everyone in Pakistan.
Supreme Court ordered to stop all illegal constructions on Margalla Hills immediately, while hearing a case on the protection of Margalla Hills. A restaurant, Monal has cut down 200 trees for illegal expansion, the CDA chairperson told the court. The bench said that the restaurant should be stopped from doing so and it should plant the trees it has cut.
The Islamabad administration has issued orders to open all malls, shopping centres and markets across the clock. Barbershops and all commercial centres will stay open for Eidul Fitr, said Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat. The orders will be implemented from Monday onward. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court instructed all provinces to open shopping malls along with all markets.