Institutions should not be held responsible individual’s misdeeds: Ashrafi

Staff Reporter

Special Representative to Prime Minister on Religious Affairs Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi has said that all madaris boards and organisations in the country agree that action should be taken under the law if any illegal activity takes place in any madrasa.

Addressing a press conference at Jamia Manzoor-ul-Islamiyah here on Friday, he said that people all over the world commit crimes but their institutions are not held responsible for their individual acts.

He said that a teacher of a madrasa had been fired for committing an illegal and immoral act, and thus the institution had done its job. He said the religious class had no relationship with any criminals.

He said that about 1,000 to 5,000 students and 300 to 400 teachers are normal strength of madrasas and there are 30,000 madrasas in the country where around 3 million students are studying. “That does not mean everyone is bad in madrasas,” he added.

Ashrafi suggested establishing a helpline, where victim or anyone can complain in case of such an incident. He said that some elements wanted to target madrasas on that pretext, which was not acceptable.

Ashrafi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had rightly said the veil was mandatory according to Qur’an, but some people got hurt from it. He said that the Holy Qur’an tells women to wear veil and men to keep their eyes down.

“Men and women should wear clothes that are not obscene, and provoke nudity and emotions of others,” he added.

He said that the prime minister represented the sentiments of the people and whatever the prime minister said about the US bases was a reflection of sentiments of the Pakistani nation.

“Peace in Afghanistan is peace in Pakistan, “ he said and added that forty years had passed without peace in Afghanistan.

“We will not allow anyone’s land to be used against us, and our land to be used against anyone,” he added.

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