Pakistan Ulema council to commemorate 2019 as the year of end to extremism and terrorism

Islamabad: Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) said that the every Muslim is ready and committed to lay any sacrifice for belief on the faith on finality of Prophet hood but we will not allow anyone to play politics on the issue of khatme nabuwat. He expressed these views while addressing “Seerat-e-Rehmat-ul-Alameen Conference” hosted by Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) at a local hotel in Islamabad. PUC chairman on the occasion demanded from Government to make sure across the board implementation on National Action Plan.

Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Pir Naqeeb-ur-Rehman, Pir Manki Sharif, Prof. Zakir-ur-Rehman, Dr. Muhammad Tahir Khaleli, Maulana Abdul Karim Nadeem, Allama Arif Hussain, Maulana Qazi Matiullah Saeedi, Maulana Abdul Hameed Sabri, Maulana Abdul Raheem Naqshbandi,  Maulana Asad Ullah Farooq, Maulana Nauman Hashir, Maulana Aseed-ur-Rehman, Maulana Aziz Akbar Qasmi, Maulana Abdul Hakeem Atharm Maulana Shakeel Qasmi and Maulana Qari Mumtaz Rabbani were prominent who addressed the conference.

Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi on the occasion announced to hold 4th “International Message of Islam” Conference on 3rd March 2019 at Convention Centre Islamabad. Pakistan Ulema Council also announced to hold Paigham-e-Islam Conferences all over the country in the months of January and February. More than 500 religious scholars, thinkers and Ulema form all four schools of thoughts unanimously condemn the elements issuing baseless decrees against security institutions. A joint declaration titled, “Islamabad Declaration” issued at “Seerat-e-Rehmat-ul-Alameen Conference” underlined that elements issuing decrees against state institutions are causing harms and threats to Islam and Pakistan.

The joint declaration also announced to observe 2019 as the year to eradicate terrorism, extremism and sectarian violence from the country. The clerics addressing at the conference stated that all the religious organizations of Pakistan condemned the decrees being issued by some conspiring elements are against the teachings of Quran-e-Sunnah to defame security institutions and chief of army staff. The clerics stated that every Pakistani and Muslim is guarantor of Finality of Prophet hood faith. Rejecting the baseless propaganda, the clerics of the conference stated that belief on Finality of Prophet hood can be ensured by pursuing the teachings of Quram-e-Sunnah instead of getting engaged in abusive decrees against one another. The joint declaration titled Islamabad Declaration issued at the conference with the consent of all the religious sections of the country announced that any political or religious organization in the country will not be allowed to make politics on the issue of finality of Prophet hood belief.

The Joint declaration issued at the conference pinpointed that making killings of innocent people on pretext of religious belief is against the teachings of Islam.  All the religious organizations and religious sects of the country denounced these decrees and extremist belief of some sections of the society.

Any religious scholar or cleric will not be allowed to criticize prophets, caliphs of Prophet Mohammad (SAW), ‘Ahl-e-Baith’, and Imam-e-Mehdi. Elements making sacrilegious comments on Ahl-e-Baith will not be consider as representatives of any religious organization and religious sect. Any Islamic sectarian group could not be declared as infidel. Any Muslim or non-Muslim could not be declared as doomed to death extra-judicially. Faithful of all the religions and religious sects have constitutional rights to live in the country as per their cultural and religious norms.

A complete ban should be ensured on use of loudspeakers except Azan and Juma sermons. People of any religion and religious sects can arrange their congregations with consent of local administration. A complete ban should be ensured on hateful publications (books, pamphlets, cassettes). A thorough check should be ensured on websites and online links propagating hateful content in the society. Non-Muslims use to live in Pakistan with Muslim populace; therefore in accordance of the teachings of Islamic Shariah, it is responsibility of the government to ensure protection of life and property of non-Muslims living in Pakistan.  Government should strictly handle the elements posing threats to sacred places of non-Muslims residing in Pakistan.

The conference with the consent of all the participating clerics adopted following resolution. A resolution adopted at the conference stated that Pakistan has always played very effective role to ensure peace in Afghanistan. Religious organizations, Ulemas and clerics endorsed peace talk process of Afghanistan that has been initiated with joint efforts of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Acknowledgement of Pakistan’s stance on Afghanistan by US President Donald Trump is resultant of enormous sacrifices rendered by Pak-Force and people of Pakistan for peace in Afghanistan. All the Afghan stakeholders should participate in peace talks to ensure peace in Afghanistan. Another resolution adopted at the conference appealed Chief Justice of Pakistan to ensure hearing on review petition of Asia Masih case on priority by providing an opportunity for general public to listen the hearing and arguments of the counsel of the plaintiff.

Another resolution adopted at the conference condemned decision of US to put Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in the watch list on pretext of religious freedom. The resolution stated that non-Muslims residing in Pakistan own all the rights and government of Pakistan used to ensure all the basic rights for minorities. The resolution stated that any adventurism on Pakistan and Saudi Arabia on account of religious freedom will not be tolerated.

All the representatives of religious organizations and religious sects attending the conference endorse the decision of Pakistan Ulema Council to mark 2019 as the year to annihilate terrorism, extremism and sectarian violence from Pakistan.  The religious leadership also announced to endorse support and cooperation for Pak-Force and security institutions of the country.

Another resolution adopted at the conference demanded of the government to clarify its stance regarding increased quota for non-Muslim teachers with responsibility of teaching the subject of Islamic studies at Government schools.  The resolution warned that any such bid to task non-Muslims teachers to teach Islamic studies will not be tolerated.

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