Ulema to play key role in discouraging fake news, promoting tolerance: President

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Paigham-e-Pakistan Ulema & Mashaikh Conference

Zubair Qureshi

President Dr Arif Alvi has called upon Ulema to play their role to discourage the phenomenon of fake news and promote Islamic moral values including tolerance among the people to create peace and harmony in the society. The president, addressing the Paigham-e-Pakistan Ulema and Mashaikh Conference held by Pakistan Ulema Council, said the fake news harmed the Muslim societies and cited the destruction of Iraq in name of the weapons of mass destruction.President urges Ulema’s role to discourage fake news, promote tolerance

said the incidents like Peshawar and Sialkot were part of a conspiracy to fan sectarianism in the country.

He said there was no room for mob justice in Islam and that the tendency had been promoted by the social media as the youth interpreted the words of their leaders keeping in view their own biases.

President Alvi advised the Ulema to highlight the importance of human rights instead of indulging in petty differences.

In his address, Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Pir Nurul Haq Qadri said the anti-state elements were poised to destabilize the country by taking advantage of any negligence on our part.

He said the incidents like Peshawar and Sialkot were part of a conspiracy to destabilize Pakistan like Iraq; however, he resolved that the Ulema would stand united to safeguard Pakistan.

He said after the Constitution of Pakistan, the Paigham-e-Pakistan was an important document signed by around 7,000 Ulema from all schools of thought.

Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Allama Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said it was need of the hour for the Ulema to stand with the state against extremism and terrorism.

He said the Ulema from all schools of thought unanimously condemned the attack on a mosque in Peshawar and urged them to create an environment of unity.

He said the Pakistan UIema Council had a clear stance on the issues like suicide attacks, COVID pandemic and polio and reiterated that the body would keep its efforts to achieve its set targets during 2022-23.

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