LAHORE: Finally closing the books on the controversy with regard to his remarks on Ahmadis during a TV interview, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Saturday managed to satisfy a committee representing a powerful spiritual figure of Sial Sharif with regard to his faith on the Finality of Prophethood.
The committee – formed the day the Punjab Chief, Minister Shehbaz Sharif, met Pir Hameed Uddin Sialvi to address his concerns regarding the remarks – called on Law Minister Sanaullah at the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Secretariat in Lahore’s Model Town.
The committee originally included MPA Sahabzada Nizam Uddin Sialvi, also the nephew of Pir Hameed, Maulana Rehmat Ullah, Riaz Hussain Shah, Mufti Abdul Aleem and Khawaja Mudassir. But Mudassir did not participate in the meeting due to his personal engagements in Multan.
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MNA Hamza Shehbaz, Provincial Minister Zaeem Qadri and Punjab government spokesperson Malik Ahmad Khan also participated in the meeting.
Later talking to The Express Tribune, Sanaullah said he assured the committee of his ‘unwavering faith’ on the Finality of Prophethood, adding that the controversy emerged as his comments on the minority community were presented out of context.
“The entire interview was distorted to damage the government’s position. However, members of the committee were satisfied with my briefing,” he said, adding that the meeting was also apprised of the cases registered under the Qadiani Act.
The law minister said the committee called for a meeting with him two days back on Thursday. “The issue could have been resolved long back but some forces wanted to use this to hatch a plot against the government. Such forces are facing an embarrassing defeat,” he added.
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As to the reports that Qasim Sialvi, son of Pir Hameed, had some issues with the meeting, the minister said this was not his concern. “This is Sial Sharif’s internal problem. Nizam was representing Sial Sharif directly,” he added.
Sanaullah, in December and then in January, refused to clarify his position before anybody despite an earlier assurance by the Punjab CM in December. However, after the recent meeting of Shehbaz with Pir Hameed at Sial Sharif, a committee was constituted to hear Sanaullah’s standpoint.
The Express Tribune also talked to MPA Nizam Sialvi who said 90 per cent of their concerns had been addressed. “Now it is up to Pir Sahib whether he accepts Rana Sanaullah’s exposition or not,” he added.
He said the meeting took place with the permission of Pir Hameed and he was completely onboard. He said the news of Pir Hameed being upset about this meeting was completely false.
“Qasim Sialvi may have some issues of his own, but Sial Sharif is onboard through and through,” he said.
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