Hindus of Lahore in Pakistan will finally have a crematorium. The government has allotted 34 kanal land at Babu Sabu Chowk. This decision by the authorities must be lauded.
This will be the first crematorium to be developed since independence, with Hindus until now performing the last rites of their beloved ones on the banks of Ravi.
Hailing Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf’s efforts in helping them get land, Manwar Chand, central general secretary Sri Krishna Mandir Society, Ravi Road, Lahore said, “Hindu representatives had met the president, following which land was allotted.”
Chand, who is on a personal visit to India with wife Sunita and sons Sunil and Sunny, paid obeisance at Durgiana Temple and held discussions with All-India Hindu Shiv Sena president Surinder Kumar Billa to increase the number of Hindu pilgrims from India to various historical Hindu shrines in Pakistan, including Parlahadpur in Multan and Katasraj.
“We have also submitted a proposal to the government for the construction of an ashram to provide boarding and lodging facilities to 2,000 pilgrims,” he said.
Informing that Pakistan had spent Rs 25 lakh each on developing Sri Krishna Mandir and samadhi of Ganga Ram, Chand added, “It is now a three-storied temple, where Hindus assemble every morning and evening to perform puja.”