Ulema to help govt draft law against sectarianism

Published: September 16, 2015
Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Tahir Ashrafi. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Tahir Ashrafi. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Following their meeting with the prime minister last week, religious scholars and clerics have endorsed the government’s move to tackle sectarianism, adding that they will help draft a bill in this regard.

Ulema Council chairman Maulana Tahir Ashrafi told The Express Tribune that particulars for the proposed bill will be taken up during the upcoming meeting of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), adding that members of the council are expected to finalise a draft after Eidul Azha.

“We have always supported the government whenever it has decided to fight against people spreading sectarianism and hatred and one of the best examples is that we have fully endorsed National Plan of Action,” he said. Along with sectarianism, the proposed bill will also list Takfir – the act of a Muslim declaring another Muslim a ‘Kafir’ – as a serious offence.

Wafaqul Madaris Al-Arabia secretary general Qari Muhammad Hanif Jalandhari said that the government should ensure across the board implementation of the law without any discrimination.

“After legislating the government should ensure that no foreign involvement should have an impact on its implementation.”

He was of the belief that availability of objectionable foreign literature played a major role in spreading sectarianism, and should be adequately tackled.

Punjab proposes 4 bills

Meanwhile, Punjab has proposed four bills to counter sectarianism.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that all provinces are currently in the process of devising similar legislation, particularly Sindh.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 16th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • SHN
    Sep 16, 2015 - 9:39AM

    Tahir Ashrafi drafting a law against sectarianism? Oh the irony. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 16, 2015 - 2:14PM

    Can the problem be the solution ?Recommend

  • Oct 5, 2015 - 10:08AM

    What is needed is for the Council of Islamic Ideology to adopt an interpretation that allows for gender equality, respect for women (society cannot see them as silent submissive housewives anymore, but active in public life) and respect for minorities.Recommend

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