CII’s 20-point code of conduct to promote inter-sect harmony

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad

The Council of Islamic Ideology CII) on Tuesday issued a 20-point code of conduct that barred any person or organisation from making provocative speeches that incite inter-sect hatred and crimes.
The code of conduct focused on urging the government to ensure protection of non-Muslims, promote interfaith harmony by banning any speech that is controversial regarding any sect in Pakistan on TV, print and electronic media.
Here are the points of the Paigham-e-Pakistan code of conduct:
1. It is obligatory on every citizen of the country to recognise and accept the Constitution and fulfil their oath of loyalty towards the state.
2. All citizens in the country should ensure implementation of all basic rights of the people enshrined in the Constitution that pertain to social and political lives, freedom of expression, right to worship and religious beliefs etc.
3. The protection of the Islamic identity of the Constitution should be guaranteed. It is the right of every citizen to strive peacefully for the implementation of Shariah laws in the country.
4. Injustice, armed struggle against the state, torture and spreading chaos in the name of religion will be considered an act of rebellion. It is against the spirit of Islam and no individual has the right to declare any person, government or state institution an infidel or ‘kafir’.
5. It is necessary for ulemas, scholars and citizens to support state institutions, especially those tasked with enforcing law and order so that terrorism can be rooted out from society.
6. Every individual should abstain from joining any anti-state movement that focuses on ethnic, religious and sectarian issues. 7. No person should impose inter-sect hatred, armed inter-sect conflict and his ideals upon another person as this is against the Shariah.
8. Private, government and religious educational institutions should neither train nor provide knowledge relating to militancy, hatred and extremism to students.