Thirty Barelvi clerics on Tuesday issued an edict (fatwa) condemning a newspaper advertisement of the Population Welfare Department which they said insulted the beard. The clerics said they would submit an application with the Lower Mall police on Wednesday (today) for registration of an FIR under the Blasphemy Laws against the officials responsible for publishing the ad. The edict stated that the ad offended hundreds of thousands of Muslims.
It said the provincial government would be responsible for any unrest in the country in case an FIR was not registered in the case. Some of the clerics endorsing the edict were: Allama Razae Mustafa Naqshbandi, Allama Mufti Muhammad Khan Qadri, Mufti Abdul Aleem Sialvi, Allama Dr Muhammad Raghib Naeemi, Allama Dr Muhammad Ashraf Asif Jalali, Mufti Muhammad haseeb Qadri, Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi and Allama Sheikhul Hadees Mufti Abdul Sattar Saeedi.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2011.