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.

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