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Ulema condemn Bhakkar incident, call for stern action

Ulema condemn Bhakkar incident, call for stern action

Istehkam-e-Pakistan Conference adopts resolution

Ashraf Ansari

Monday, August 26, 2013 - Islamabad—Istehkam-e-Pakistan Conference held here by Pakistan Ulema Council [PUC], attended by the leaders of more than 30 religious and political organizations, strongly condemned the tragic incidents in Bhukkur, Islamabad, Karachi and Quetta. “We demand that the government should conduct a judicial inquiry into the Bhukkur tragedy and take stern action against incompetent administration and police.

Likewise, all parties attending the conference strongly condemned the incident of firing on a religious seminary in Islamabad and martyrdom of students. “We demand that the government should arrest those responsible for this assault.” This was stated in a resolution adopted by the conference.

All parties attending the conference strongly condemned the repeated LOC violations by India and paid tribute to all soldiers and civilians martyred as a result of firing by Indian troops. “We demand that rather than ignoring frequent Indian aggression, the government should raise this issue at international level.

Pakistan desires peaceful ties with all its neighbors, including India. However, if anyone attempts to play with Pakistan’s security, stability and sovereignty, then the Pakistani nation will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the military and any aggression will be responded effectively” the resolution said.

All parties attending the conference believed that the incidents in Bhakkar, Islamabad, Karachi, Quetta and Punjab are part of a conspiracy to spark sectarian violence. We urge all religious organizations in the country to be alert of these conspiracies that aim to induce clashes between Pakistanis.

The conference strongly condemned the bloodshed of Muslims in Syria and Egypt, and demanded that the Pakistani government should raise its voice over this issue at the UN and OIC. “Efforts should be made to find peaceful solution to the crises in Egypt and Syria.”

The conference welcomed the announcement made by the Pakistani prime minister during a session of the national security committee in which he offered militant groups to hold peace talks. It stressed the need for all of the country’s political parties, religious organizations and defense institutions to reach a consensus over this issue. “For this purpose, parties in the parliament as well as those outside should be invited to the All Parties Conference being convened by the prime minister. “The features and positive and negative aspects of the negotiation process should be disclosed to the nation before initiating the talks,” the resolution said.

All parties attending the conference condemned the attacks carried out by militants on non-Muslims in Karachi, Hyderabad and other places. “Non-Muslims in Pakistan have the same rights as Muslims. Nobody has the authority to deprive people of their basic human rights on the basis of their religion or sect,” the resolution stressed.

Welcoming the participating ulema, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Chairman, Pakistan Ulema Council said, this conference early indicates that people belonging to all religions and sects in Pakistan are united for peace and stability in the country, and “we will not allow anyone to play with Pakistan’s security and stability.”

Those who attended the Isthekam-e-Pakistan conference included Sahibzada Zahid Mahmood Qasmi, Secretary Genera,l Pakistan Ulema Council, Hafiz Muhammad Amjad, Sadar Punjab Pakistan Ulema Council, Sultan Mehmood Shaheen, Sadar Bazm-e-Shora International, Pir Masood Qasim Qasmi, Sadar Majlis Ethad-e-Ummat Pakistan, Professor Molana Muhammad Sharif, Chairman Human Welfare Trust, Dr. Ahmed Ali Siraj, Pakistan Ulema Council, Abdul Khaliq Mirali, Mohtmim Jamia Faiz-ul-Islam Kabirwala, Qari Mehboob-ur-Rehman, Khateeb Jamia Saddiqiya Rawalpindi, Prof. Hafiz Sajjad Qammar, Chairman Pakistan Group of Colleges, Abdul Qadeer Khamoosh, Jamiat Ehl-e-Hadis, Molana Sharif Hazarvi, Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (F), Dr. Ghzanfar Mehdi, Chairman Imam Hussain Council, Sadar All Pakistan, Shia Conference, Hafiz Muhammad Qasim Khan, Member Jamat-e-Islami Pakistan, Naseer Ahmed, Quaid-i-Azam University and Muhammad Ali, Member MQM.

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