PUC issues 10-point CoC to maintain peace during Muharram

Staff Reporter

Lahore—Pakistan Ulema Council in a bid to ensure peace and religious harmony and to annihilate terrorism, extremism and sectarian violence in the country during the month of Muharram-ul-Haram released a 10-pointed Code of Conduct. Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi in issuance of code of conduct took on board religious leadership of the country including Ulemas, Mashaykh and scholars of different religious sects and schools of thought. Speaking at the ceremony relating issuance of Code of Conduct Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said that religious harmony and sectarian coexistence is prevalent in the country.
‘Amidst prevailing scenario in the country, responsibility rests on all the religious and political leadership of the country to ensure and promote religious harmony and sectarian coexistence in the country at every level, said Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi. Code of Conduct is comprised on following points and all sections of the administration as well as all sections of society should ensure implementation on these points at respective levels of district, Tehsil and Union Council Level. He also urged on Government to ensure implementation on National Action Plan in a fair and transparent way adding that any specific religious sects should not be targeted on account of National Action Plan.
Code of Conduct
There is no space for terrorism; extremism and sectarian violence at the name of Islam in the country and leadership of all religious sects disassociate themselves from all elements accomplice in the menaces of sectarian violence, terrorism and extremism.
Any scholar, orator or cleric in their public sermons will not use sacrilegious remarks for prophets, family and wives ofthe Holy Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H), caliphs, Imams and about Imam Mehdi and any religious sect will not support or endorse any blasphemer.
Any Islamic sect should not be declare ‘infidel’ and any Muslim or non-Muslim should not be declare ‘worthy of killing’ and people of Pakistan and believers of all religious sects will live their lives as per rights of Constitution of Pakistan.
There should be complete ban on usage of loudspeaker except ‘Azan’ and ‘Juma Sermon’. While people of all religions and religious sects will use loudspeakers for their religious congregations with permission of local administration.
There should be complete ban on publication of violent religious content, hate-speeches, outrageous literature, books based on hateful content, CDs, websites carrying seditious content. Similarly there should be complete ban on hurting and outrageous religious slogans and no sacrilegious remarks will be made about Imams, Mujtahids and Islamic Jurisprudents.
Joint religious congregations will be held to demonstrate solidarity with all sects.
It is responsibility of the government to ensure protection to the sacred places and worship places of the minorities living in Pakistan; therefore government of Pakistan should handle strictly all the elements accomplice in posing threats to the minorities and worship places of the minorities and their properties in the country.
Government of Pakistan should ensure implementation on ‘National Action Plan’ without any discrimination.
Cohesive coordination mechanism should be maintained between ‘Local Administration’ and administrators of ‘Majalis’ and religious processions during Moharm-ul-Haram relating time schedule and routes of these processions.
In case of any untoward incident and accident, members of ‘National Reconciliatory Council’ will reach the incident place immediately and thwart public from violence and provocation.

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