Violent protests not acceptable
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar has said that protest is the right of every citizen, but violent protest is not acceptable.
The government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan has raised its voice at all levels to protect the honour of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The government has been consulting the Ulema-e-Ikram in every important decision-making process and will continue to do so.
About 70,000 Rehmatul-Lil alameen scholarships worth 5.5 billion rupees will be given to underprivileged students every year, adding that it is a historic initiative of the incumbent government.
He was talking to the media after visiting the policemen in Jinnah hospital who were injured during the violent protest by workers of a religious party.
Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar met the injured police personnel and assured them that the government would fully ensure the provision of all facilities and medical treatment to them.
On this occasion, the doctors briefed Governor Punjab about the treatment of police personnel undergoing treatment at the hospital.
Talking to the media, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that extremism is destructive for any country, therefore, it is the responsibility of all sections of the society including Ulema to play their role to save Pakistan from extremism.
He further said that promoting religious harmony in the country will ensure peace and stability.
Anti-Pakistan forces do not want peace in Pakistan but we all have to work together to stamp out extremism from the country.
In response to a question, Governor Punjab said that whenever any political or religious party, including Maulana Fazlur Rehman, protests, the government has never put any obstacle in their way, but if anyone attacks public and security forces in the garb of protest then this is unacceptable.
In such circumstances, the government has to ensure law and order in the country.
Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said that banning any party is a matter for the federation and the federal government is looking into all matters in this regard and whatever happens will be in accordance with the constitution and law.
“I salute the soldiers of all the security forces, the police and the Rangers, who are fighting on the frontlines for maintaining law and order in the country.
I met with the injured policemen today and I pray that they recover soon, ” he added.