Zakat must not land in wrong hands: govt

July 13, 2015

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Pervaiz said while giving charity during Ramazan it was imperative for people to ensure that it landed in the hands who spend it on purchasing medicine. -DawnNews screengrab
Pervaiz said while giving charity during Ramazan it was imperative for people to ensure that it landed in the hands who spend it on purchasing medicine. -DawnNews screengrab

LAHORE: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has advised people to pay Zakat and charity to institutions which save lives and not to those producing suicide bombers.

Addressing a ceremony held here on Sunday to mark the 18th foundation day of Sundas Foundation, he said while giving charity during Ramazan it was imperative for people to ensure that it landed in the hands who spend it on purchasing medicines rather than those making suicide jackets and spreading hate and extremism.

“Knowledge spreads love and brotherhood and the institutions which preach prejudice, mas­sacres and suicide attacks do not deserve any charity. It is necessary to ensure that our charity does not go into wrong hands,” he said.

The minister said that the services of institutions like Sundas Foundation were commendable because they had been working to save life and not to destroy it. “It is a virtue to preserve life.” He said the people suffering from thalassaemia and haemophilia were braver than “us and deserve our respect and admiration”.

Published in Dawn, July 13th, 2015

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