ISLAMABAD: After being neglected for long, the religious scholars, Ulema and Pesh Imams saw a silver lining when a bill was introduced in the National Assembly on Tuesday seeking their financial welfare. The bill was moved by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) legislator Kishwar Zehra and sent to the relevant standing committee. The bill extends to Islamabad Capital Territory and also seeks establishment of religious scholars, Ulemas and Pesh Imams Welfare Board. Under the objective and reasons for introducing this bill the mover stated, religious scholars, Ulema and the Pesh Imams are the persons of dignity and respect as they serve the cause of Islam through their concerted efforts in different ways. However, since the establishment of Pakistan, no steps have been taken for the organisation and strengthening of fraternity of religious scholars, Ulema and Pesh Imams. They are devoting their whole life for upholding principles and beliefs of Islam, the bill stated.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 15th, 2017.