Ulema condemn TLP’s violent protests

Published April 15, 2021
This file photo shows Hafiz Mohammad Tahir Ashrafi, special representative of the prime minister on religious harmony and Middle East. — File
This file photo shows Hafiz Mohammad Tahir Ashrafi, special representative of the prime minister on religious harmony and Middle East. — File

ISLAMABAD: Clerics from various schools of thought have condemned the extremely violent way of protest adopted by the workers of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP).

While ulema have advised the authorities to devise a strategy to handle such situations with care in future, they also called upon the religious organisations to play a constructive role in finalising a code of conduct for protests by any aggrieved party, mainly the religious groups.

The religious scholars from different schools of thought on Wednesday issued statements denouncing the violent protests by the TLP workers and some even described it as “inhumane” and “un-Islamic”.

Hafiz Mohammad Tahir Ashrafi, special representative of the prime minister on religious harmony and Middle East, while criticising the TLP protests, said: “There was no need for the aggressive protests, especially after the commencement of Ramazan.”

Maulana Raghib Naeemi of Jamia Naeemia, Lahore, said that instead of blocking roads and staging sit-ins, such gatherings should disperse after registering their protest over an issue.

Allama Iftikhar Naqvi, a member of the Council of Islamic Ideology, condemned the attitude of the French president on the issue of blasphemous caricatures. “But the TLP leaders’ attitude of staging violent protests in the country too is condemnable.”

Sahibzada Hamid Raza of the Sunni Ittehad Council narrated the example of his own organisation which organised peaceful protests.

Allama Arif Hussain Wahidi, secretary general of the Shia Ulema Council, said that all sides had to act responsibly.

Abdul Khubair Azad, Dr Qibla Ayaz, Syed Amin-ul-Hasnat, Dr Pir Ali Raza Bukhari, Qazi Abdul Qadeer Khamosh, Maulana Asad Zakarya Qasmi, Maulana Qasim Qasmi, Zia Ullah Shah Bukhari and others also condemned the violence.

Published in Dawn, April 15th, 2021

Opinion

Danger lurks
27 Sep 2021

Danger lurks

The colonial mindset continues to percolate.
Dance of death
Updated 27 Sep 2021

Dance of death

India is happily flirting with extermination.
Climate of change
Updated 26 Sep 2021

Climate of change

The world faces a climate emergency as the toll on people’s lives and livelihoods keeps growing.

Editorial

Phasing out coal
Updated 27 Sep 2021

Phasing out coal

Move affords Pakistan an opportunity to renegotiate its deals with Beijing to convert them into cheaper, clean energy projects.
27 Sep 2021

Poor online score

A RECENT report by Freedom House, the US-based watchdog that assesses democratic trends around the world, has placed...
27 Sep 2021

Child’s mental capacity

CONVERTING to another faith is one of the most consequential decisions an individual can make in their lifetime. It...
Updated 26 Sep 2021

Intransigent Taliban

PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan has delivered an effective speech at the UN General Assembly session detailing the salient...
26 Sep 2021

Deadly misinformation

THE distinction between ‘fake’ and ‘authentic’ news is now a concept impossible to escape. In an...
26 Sep 2021

Covid arrests

THE unilateral decision taken by Karachi’s East Zone police to arrest citizens without Covid vaccination cards ...