CM hopes new act to promote inter-religious harmony


Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has termed passing of The Punjab Tahaffuz-e-Bunyad-e-Islam Act, 2020 as a historical initiative of the incumbent government adding it would promote inter-religious harmony besides blocking publication of controversial material.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the CM stated that Punjab is the first province which has enacted such legislation and Speaker Ch Pervaiz Elahi and MPAs deserve accolades, he added. He said the implementation of this law will also help in preventing publication of hate material about different religions. According to the act, the printing of Khatam-un-Nabiyyin (Peace Be Upon Him) has been made compulsory with the blessed name of Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
Similarly, objectionable comments about Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) Ahle-Bait, Khulafa-e-Rashideen, Ashab-e-Rasool and Ummahatul Momineen will be a cognizable offence. Similarly, the use of controversial and derogatory words about holy prophets, angels, four holy books and Islam will also be a cognizable offence. In case of violation, along with the imposition of five-year sentence and five lakh rupees fine, action will also be initiated under Pakistan Penal Code, the CM concluded.
Chief Minister Usman Buzdar inspected the Lai Nullah in Rawalpindi on Thursday and expressed satisfaction over the cleanliness arrangements. He also inspected the proposed land site for the construction of the roadway at Lai Nullah and planted a sapling at Rialto Park near Mareer Chowk under tree plantation drive.
aTalking on this occasion, the CM stated that Rs 85 billion will be spent on Lai Nullah and expressway projects under public-private partnership mode and four interchanges will be constructed along with setting up special plants to separate rainwater from sewerage. This would help to overcome the devastation of floods and the dream of the expressway will be materialized by us, he added. The CM said that this project is a right of the residents of Rawalpindi city adding that trees will also be planted on both sides of Lai Nullah. The two-way Lai Nullah roadway will facilitate the locals in their movement, he added.
The CM was briefed that the utility corridors will also be constructed on Lai Nullah roadway. The 16KM long Lai Nullah would be constructed from Katarian Bridge via Ammar Chowk and 2750 Kanal land is being acquired for it. The Lai Nullah has been cleansed with private collaboration and special attention has been paid to 7 points where rainwater affects the locals.
The CM has expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the death of the father of famous anchorperson Sami Ibrahim. The CM extended sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace. A delegation led by PTI chief organizer Saifullah Niazi called on Chief Minister =Usman Buzdar at the Commissioner’s Office in Rawalpindi on Thursday and discussed matters of mutual interest. Taking on this occasion, the CM reiterated the journey of public service will be moved forward with speed adding that a spate of negative politics will be answered in the shape of public service. The propagandists will remain unsuccessful as like the past and performance of the Punjab government will be highlighted in an effective manner while providing more and more facilities to the citizens at their doorsteps, he added. Senior Vice President PTI Arshad Daad, party leaders Shahid Yousaf, Jamal Ansari, Ejaz Minhas and others were also present. Provincial ministers and relevant MPAs participated from CMO through video link.

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