Controversial cleric Masroor Jhangvi presented ‘peace award’

Published: December 29, 2016
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Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yusuf gives away the ‘peace award’ to MPA Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi during a ceremony in Islamabad. PHOTO: twitter.com/zalmayzia

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yusuf gives away the ‘peace award’ to MPA Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi during a ceremony in Islamabad. PHOTO: twitter.com/zalmayzia

The federal government has presented a ‘peace award’ to controversial religious cleric Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yusuf conferred the ‘peace award’ to Jhangvi during a gathering of the National Peace Council in Islamabad.

The development comes weeks after Jhangvi became member of the Punjab assembly after winning the PP-78 Jhang by-election. He defeated his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) rival candidate Haji Azad Nasir Ansari by a margin of close to 13,000 votes.

Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi confesses sectarianism in his past

Jhangvi’s December election to the provincial assembly caused a stir in the country due to fears his political ascent would increase sectarian divides in the dusty town of Jhang with a history of violence between Shia and Sunni communities.

During a recent interview with Reuters, Jhangvi said he has become more moderate and distanced himself from his previous anti-Shia rhetoric after winning a seat in provincial assembly. “I consider everybody to be human, and I want peace in Jhang and in Punjab,” Jhangvi said, when asked how he felt about Shias.

Jhangvi’s assassinated father, Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, was a fierce anti-Shia cleric who founded a feared Sunni sectarian group, Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan. He was killed by suspected Shia militants in 1990. The banned militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which has carried out some of the worst sectarian attacks in the country’s history, was named after his father. The group’s Urdu-language name means Army of Jhangvi.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Amir
    Dec 29, 2016 - 5:08PM

    NAP down the drain when federal government shows who they are aligned withRecommend

  • Raj - USA
    Dec 29, 2016 - 8:59PM

    It would be good to motivate him to become a moderate. But, awarding peace price to him is not the way and only demeans the peace price itself and will make it worthless and insulting to real peace activists.Recommend

  • Arshad Hussain
    Dec 30, 2016 - 11:18AM

    When a Mullah goes for Peace. Every body still talk against him. If their rival do any action. It is considered as “Reaction”. What a bigotry. Recommend

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