Published On: Sat, Mar 22nd, 2014
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Zero tolerance for crackdown against seminaries: Ashrafi

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ISLAMABAD: The chairman Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC), Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi has warned of zero tolerance for any crackdown against seminaries, under cover of National Security Policy.

Addressing the Pakistan Solidarity Conference, and while talking to media after wards, he said that the issue had been raised during talks with Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif , who had reassured any reservations of Ulema , that no such action would be taken against seminaries.

Ashrafi further stressed that Pakistani Madaris (seminaries) were platforms for global peace and harmony, compared to discriminately propagated terrorism hotbeds.

Replying to a question, he stressed on immediate release of non-combatant prisoners by both government and Taliban, in order to encourage confidence building measures.

He also lambasted about bad effects on anti-polio drive, by such nefarious and unpatriotic persons as Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who should refrain from interfering in efforts being made by Ulema.

Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi also demanded that CII (Council of Islamic Ideology) should be restructured on modern lines, while he also said that any male failing to fulfill the obligations of first wife, should voluntarily refrain from marrying more.

Expressing his deep concerns about increasing violence against women, stressing on politicians to legislate effectively against the increasing menace, finalizing any cases within a month’s time through anti-terrorist courts.

“Pakistan should refrain from interfering in internal affairs of foreign countries and should not send its Army to Syria and Bahrain.