Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his son Hamza have defended the Tableeghi Jamaat, after Interior Minister Rehman Malik called it a breeding ground of extremism.
In a press statement, Shahbaz called Malik’s remarks irresponsible and urged the federal government to refrain from making such statements. He also dismissed Malik’s explanation of the statement.
Hamza, a member of the National Assembly, also took strong exception to Malik’s remarks.
“The recent wave of terrorism has unnerved some myopic politicians who, instead of ascertaining and addressing the real causes of terrorism, are trying to defame the Tableeghi Jamaat and thereby promoting an anti-Islam agenda of imperialist forces,” Hamza said, in a press statement.
The Raiwind Markaz, he said, is a completely non-political and non-militant group which creates an atmosphere of mutual harmony and co-existence between all segments of society and religious groups.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 1st, 2011.