ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad police have proposed that the entry of 25 ulema into the city in Muharram be banned by the local administration. Seven ulema may also be banned from delivering speeches during the month, sources told Dawn.

They said that out of the 25 Ulema, 10 were from the Sunni sect and five were from Shia sect.

Most come from Punjab and frequently visit the capital during Muharram. Officials said that many are invited by local ulema from their respective sects.

Many of the ulema and their hosts were previously warned not to deliver heated sermons, but they did not comply with.

Seven local ulema members from both sects may also be barred from delivering sermons during Muharram. The ban would also prevent them from speaking publicly about religion or sects.

Officials said that the capital and Rawalpindi police and administrations met with the Rawalpindi corps commander in order to review security arrangements for Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Attock.

The proposal to ban certain ulema was also made at this meeting. Another meeting is also scheduled to finalise the security plans.

Ulema from both sects, who are residents of the capital and considered a threat to law and order, would also be under close scrutiny. Officials said that over 80 such ulema members have been identified in the city.

Published in Dawn, October 9th, 2015

On a mobile phone? Get the Dawn Mobile App: Apple Store | Google Play

Opinion

Editorial

26 Nov 2021

State Bank’s projections

THE macroeconomic projections listed by the State Bank of Pakistan in its annual report on the nation’s economy...
Ad distribution
Updated 26 Nov 2021

Ad distribution

If present govt can muster will to achieve this task it would set a solid precedent that no future govt would find easy to undo.
26 Nov 2021

Messy passengers

NEWS that passengers on a PIA flight from Manchester to Islamabad left so much litter on the plane that it led to a...
Another damaging leak
Updated 25 Nov 2021

Another damaging leak

THE system cannot bear much more without sustaining irreparable damage to its prestige and credibility. That is why...
25 Nov 2021

Where is PDM headed?

ALL talk and no action is a fitting summary of the Pakistan Democratic Movement whose members make plenty of noise...
25 Nov 2021

Rule of the bears

PAKISTAN’S stock market has been in a free fall since the beginning of this week, with the benchmark KSE-100 index...