KARACHI: Representatives of more than 28 religious and political organisations here on Sunday announced to hold a peaceful protest on February 13 against the killings of citizens in Karachi.
Pakistan Ulema Council’s Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi reading out a resolution on conclusion of Payam- e- Amn Convention, focused on promotion of peace and tranquility in the province, and said the Protest Day would also be observed as a day to pay homage to the victims of Shikarpur tragedy.
“This resolution is also our declaration against extremism and terrorism,” said Central President, Pakistan Ulema Council.
Participants of the moot, pertaining to different schools of thoughts of Muslim jurisprudence as well as those from Hindu and Christian communities and members of major political parties, including PML- N, PPP and MQM appreciated the National Action Plan.
They resolved to stage a joint struggle against perpetrators of extremism in the country and for the purpose conform with ban on misuse of loudspeakers besides provocative speeches as well triggering of hatred among followers of various schools of thought in any other manner.
It was observed with concern that certain elements were trying to exploit the platform of masjid for their nefarious designs and this would be countered by the ulema of the country.
The leadership of madaris and the students concerned are with the army in the war against terrorism and would also support the government in its efforts to restore peace as well as law and order situation in the country, said Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi.
Reading out the announcement, he said Tehreek- e- Tahaffuz Madaris-e- Deeniya, Wafaq ul Masajid- e- Pakistan as well as other concerned bodies are keen to opt for deliberation with regard to the issue of registration of madaris.
We are against those keen to do politics in the name of madaris, said Central President of Pakistan Ulema Council.
Participants of the moot also sought equal rights for non-Muslim communities of the country, as guaranteed under the Constitution.
It was demanded that justice must be accorded top priority for all communities with specific reference to non-Muslims.
The participants categorically stated that Islam does not permit forced conversions nor forced marriages and these issues must be strictly and efficiently handled.
They demanded judicial enquiry about such complaints registered in certain parts of Sindh.
Sindh Minister for Information, Sharjeel Inam Memon, on the occasion appreciative of the commitment made by the moot participants assured that the provincial government was fully alive to the situation and was taking all required measures for the protection of the citizens and their rights without any distinction.
He said extremism and terrorism are harsh facts and a pragmatic approach is needed to address these through absolute coordination among all sections of the society.
“Those trying to create rifts in our ranks can be deterred through unity in our ranks,” said the Minister urging all political parties to give up their differences for a crucially relevant cause.