Clerics pass edict against funerals of NGO beneficiaries

Kohistan clerics form 34-member committee to decide future line of action.


Muhammad Sadaqat July 02, 2012

KOHISTAN:


Local clerics in Kohistan have handed down their “final edict” against non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the district, terming their activities “haram” and demanding that the local administration revoke their NOCs immediately.


In a meeting at Jamia Masjid Kamila, over 150 clerics from across the remote district vowed that they will not offer funeral prayers (Namaz-e-Janaza) for the people who continue to be beneficiaries of any NGO. They also formed a 34-member committee for the purpose of ensuring that the NGOs pack up and leave the area as soon as possible. The committee will meet on July 14 to decide on a future line of action if the NGOs are not driven out from the district.

The clerics had earlier given the NGOs until June 29 to pack up.

Former Member National Assembly from Kohistan, Maulana Abdul Haleem, blamed NGO workers for launching a campaign against Kohistani customs and Islamic codes. He said that despite repeated warnings they did not stop ‘hatching conspiracies’ against the ulema and their customs.

Former members of provincial assembly Maulana Dildar and Maulana Abdul Khanan of Kundiya valley, Maulana Fakhrul Islam, and Maulana Noor Nabi Shah also spoke at the meeting.

According to official sources, the district administration has been persuading the clerics to allow NGOs to work by following their local customs. Earlier, Kohistan District Coordination Officer Aqal Badshah held a meeting with the clerics in this regard but they refused to rescind their decision.

There are over 500 local youths working with NGOs in the district and a majority feel that their jobs are now at risk, said a local social activist requesting anonymity.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2012.

COMMENTS (17)

sattar rind | 9 years ago | Reply if these will not be stopped by force than one day we shall face consequence collectively. that will be dangerous in its core and result.
Saif Khan | 9 years ago | Reply Guys I am going to dare some different though than all of you being a worker of an NGO. Actually there are many NGOs working in Pakistan just to find out what is the hard face of this country and cash it from the West. Many organization are working on women & children rights but they have abused their women co-workers and subordinates and the young children are employed at their houses. They have opted to work on social accountability and transparency but they have made villas and cars on the money of West which was never audited. There are many more things which I want to reveal but to summarize that there is a basic principle for the NGOs to respect the existing culture whether it is extreme or moderate. The change always take time to come. I have been in the Kohistan for period in an NGO and I am extremely against their Mullas and rigidity but when you work there then you have to respect them for making a change.
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