Mosques to remain open during Ramazan: Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi

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Urges business community to keep their profit margin low during
the holy mnth of Ramazan


Zubair Qureshi

Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Religious Harmony & Middle East Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi has called upon the traders and the business community of the country to keep their profit margin low during the Holy month of Ramazan-ul-Mubarak starting from middle of April.

While addressing a media conference at his office in Green Tower, Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi dismissed propaganda linked to coronavirus vaccination or rumours about Covid-19 and urged the nation not to pay attention to such negativity.

As we are having the Holy Month of Ramazan in a couple of weeks, it is our collective duty to take care of the poor, needy and the deprived segments of society and help them during this month.

Mosques, he made it clear would remain open during the month however, it is expected the faithful would follow Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and maintain social distance during the prayer times, particularly during the Namaz-e-Taraweeh.

To a question, he said the affluent should make sure the poor and the needy receive vaccination shots once it is commercially available in the market.

About his assignment as PM’s Representative on Religious Harmony, he said he was given the responsibility five months ago with a view to normalizing rather further strengthening relations with the Gulf countries.

Today, our relations with Saudi Arabia are much better and closer than ever before, he said.

Ties with Egypt are also at the highest point in the last ten years of ups and downs of diplomatic relations.

Pakistan he said is open to the Islamic world for investment, trade and exchange programmes and he has made sure the relations with all the Islamic countries are based on mutual trust, cooperation and respect.

Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to visit Saudi Arabia in the coming days, he said adding in the Youm-e-Pakistan parade flag of Palestine was waved and the Pakistani people and the entire Ummah welcomed that gesture of expressing solidarity with the people of Palestine.

About the government’s achievement in linking the religious seminaries with the education boards, he said it was something unparalleled in the past history of the country.

He said Interfaith Harmony committees have been set up at district level across the country and he was personally monitoring them.

We are trying to promote inter-faith harmony at district level, said Maulana Tahir Ashrafi.

To a question, Maulana Tahir Ashrafi said unfortunately, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s President Maulana Fazlur Rehman was playing in the hands of the leadership of the two opposition parties Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).