ISLAMABAD, May 11: Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League, feared that the deal that he had brokered with Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa administrations might fail because of delaying tactics of the Capital Development Authority.

Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa administrators were promised that seven demolished mosques would be rebuilt where they had been before.

Highlighting his success in persuading clerics, Chaudhry Shujaat told this correspondent on Friday that he had taken CDA officials into confidence over the issue but they did not appear to be sincerely pursuing the government’s policy of resolving the issue peacefully and avoiding an operation.

He said that while allowing children to access to the library, the two clerics had agreed that they would vacate the library as soon as a woman librarian was appointed, after which no male or female student would be allowed to carry sticks.

The ulema had agreed that only genuine Madressah students would stay inside the compound, moral policing in markets would stop, all ‘observation posts’ would be removed, weapons, if there were any inside the compound, would be removed, provocative speeches would be stopped and all banners suspended around the two institutions would be removed.

He urged CDA officials to start rebuilding the demolished mosques and consult with ulema and imams concerned on the issue to end the crisis in the federal capital.

Opinion

Noor of our nation
Updated 28 Jul 2021

Noor of our nation

Pakistan’s truth is that we kill women and leave children to watch over their bodies.
Discipline and punish
Updated 27 Jul 2021

Discipline and punish

The larger issue is that many within the police and the state view the role of the police as not one of service but of control.

Editorial

Renewed threat of militancy
Updated 28 Jul 2021

Renewed threat of militancy

The only way out of a scenario that threatens the hard-won peace against militancy is to engage with the Afghan Taliban.
Updated 28 Jul 2021

‘Hepatitis can’t wait’

WITH a large part of the world’s health resources diverted towards fighting wave after wave of Covid-19, it is ...
28 Jul 2021

Door-to-door jab

THE Punjab government’s move to take its coronavirus vaccination drive to the doorsteps of people in five ...
AJK’s ugly elections
Updated 27 Jul 2021

AJK’s ugly elections

All party leaders focused on insulting their rivals instead of talking about issues concerning the AJK electorate.
27 Jul 2021

Refugee concerns

AS Afghanistan slips back into chaos with a rapid Taliban advance, the possibility of refugees spilling over into...
27 Jul 2021

ECP vacancies

FEARS of yet another deadlock between the PTI government and the opposition on the selection of successors for...