Avoid long march

TEHREEK-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah, a religious outfit, at its meeting the other day, decided to launch a long march from Lahore to Islamabad on the sixth of next month over an issue that already stands settled after all the parliamentary parties immediately introduced amendments in Election Reforms Bill 2017 restoring in its original form the declaration pertaining to Khatam-i-Nabuwwat in the election nomination form. As finality and seal of the Prophethood is basic component of our faith, therefore, nobody can even think of making any change in the provisions relating to this sensitive issue. This is the reason that when the gaffe made in the declaration was pinpointed at the floor of Parliament, the government immediately sat with all the parliamentary parties and restored the declaration unanimously.
As the matter already stands settled, therefore, we understand that there is no justification for Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah to mount a march towards the federal capital. However, one fully supports the demand of the religious outfit that if somebody made the change deliberately, contrary to the provisions of the constitution, that person must be unmasked and taken to task. The government though had declared removal of the clause as a ‘clerical error’ but former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif very rightly constituted an Inquiry Committee chaired by party leader Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq to identify those whose negligence led to the changes in the Khatam-i-Nubuwwat declaration within twenty-four hours. The report was presented to Mian Nawaz Sharif to take necessary action but despite passage of sufficient time, we see no action on his part. We understand that findings of the Inquiry Committee should be made public in order to offset confusion and misunderstanding. This sensitive issue should not be used either by political or religious parties for fuelling sentiments amongst the people. The country is already passing through difficult times on internal and external fronts and at this critical juncture we need to stay united as per the message of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and avoid such steps that take the country towards instability. We expect that the religious outfit will review its decision of long march in the larger national interests.

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