ISLAMABAD: During the building of Lotus Lake in Shakarparian, city managers wanted to rebuild a historical mosque that caught their eye.
The mosque is thought to be over 100 years old and was used as a place of worship for the villagers of Pairan, who were expelled from the city during the growth of Islamabad in the 1960s.
Like Pairan, a significant number of Islamabad villages were relocated to Rawalpindi and other areas of the capital, albeit after obtaining compensation for their homes and land from the Capital Development Authority (CDA).
When we carried out cleanliness operations and cleared bushes etc during the building of Lotus Lake, we discovered an abandoned mosque,” said Environment Director Irfan Niazi, adding the mosque’s construction material suggested it was built over 100 years ago.”
It is assumed that the banyan tree located in the courtyard of the mosque is 500 years old.
CDA Chairman Amer Ali Ahmed said that this historical mosque will be preserved by the Authority, adding: “I have already directed my team to take steps to restore this mosque, which is also our legacy.”
The lake’s building, he said, is in its final stages and will soon be a new tourism facility. It is important to note here that there was a natural lotus lake in the region in the past, which decreased during 2004-5 during the building of a cultural complex.
CDA is now building the lake at another site near the Museum of Natural History.
In addition to having a sitting facility and brake pits, the purpose of this lake and park is to provide a peaceful environment close to nature,” the chairman said.
The new Lotus Lake is 100ft long and 68ft deep, and is currently being fixed to avoid water leakage after testing on a trial basis.