QUETTA: In order to maintain unity and harmony amongst the people and unmask the terrorists that instigate hatred on sectarian grounds, the Balochistan chapter of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen (MWM) made a strong pitch on Tuesday for a grand jirga of tribal elders and religious scholars.
Speaking to the media at the Quetta Press Club, MWM president (Balochistan chapter) Maqsood Ali Domki said that those in authority should play their due role in restoration of peace in the province. In an open letter to the people of Balochistan, provincial assembly members, tribal elders and religious leaders, Domki said:“The Hazara community has been subjected to target killings since 1998 and the attacks escalated rather being controlled, claiming the lives of over 500 people so far.”
Domki claimed that the government and its functionaries were aware of the hideouts of terrorists and should launch a crackdown to break up their chain. “All elements financing terrorists should be disclosed and brought to justice, while action should be taken against muftis and religious seminaries that pronounce fellow Muslims as ‘kafir’ (non-believers) and issue ‘wajibul qatal’ (liable to be killed ) ‘fatwas’ against their Muslim brothers.”
He said it was a matter of great concern that terrorists booked by law enforcement agencies were released by courts due to ‘one reason or another’ and that there was a need to take steps that will ensure that terrorists are not released and are punished for their crimes.
The head of MWM said that his organisation was willing to extend its cooperation to restore law and order in Balochistan.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 25th, 2012.
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