LAHORE: Religious scholars from different schools of thought opposed the US State Department’s decision to include Pakistan in the list of countries reported with concerns for violation of religious freedom, calling the ruling against the facts and urging the US administration to remove Pakistan from the list.
They were addressing a joint press conference on Saturday with Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Religious Harmony and Middle East Affairs and Chairman of Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC). They pointed out that the US State Department’s announcement is not fair but politically motivated, as Washington used to turn a blind eye to atrocities against minorities in India, especially against Muslims. Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi and others have said that completely ignoring the persecution against Muslims suggests that the US decision was politically motivated.
Religious scholars have said the US administration should change its attitude towards Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Islamic countries, adding that US measures against its opposing countries in the name of religious freedom cannot be supported in any way. . Tahir Ashrafi said the PUC, with the coordination of interfaith harmony councils, convened a joint meeting of all religious schools of thought and minority religions on Sunday, November 28. The religious leaders said that the situation of interfaith and interfaith tolerance and harmony in Pakistan is better than many other countries and a clear example of this is the celebrations and gatherings of the Sikh, Hindu and Christian community. time in Pakistan with respective religious rituals. Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said that Pakistan’s constitution guarantees full protection to all minorities and takes care of their respective rights. Minorities in Pakistan have full freedom according to their religions and there are no restrictions for minorities in the country. He also said that the government of the day has also taken various measures in the program regarding religious tolerance and interfaith harmony in the country.
He categorically rejected claims that blasphemy laws were being misused or that religious conversion was being carried out in Pakistan on the basis of coercion. He said such incidents have come to an end and that in the past year there have been no reported cases of abuse of the blasphemy law in the country. Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said that for a year now, “we have invited organizations and NGOs that spread such rumors that they should speak to government and academics based on the facts, so far no organization or NGO is came with respective facts and truth. He said that no religious riot had taken place in the country in the past year and that two isolated incidents had taken place in which the culprits were arrested and their cases were pending in court.
Religious leaders said the rights of all minorities in Pakistan, including Qadiyanis, are categorically enshrined in the constitution and law. Muslims and non-Muslims must all live their lives in Pakistan in accordance with the constitution and the law, religious scholars said, adding that the inclusion of Pakistan in such a list by the US administration is a decision. politically motivated and exclude India from that very list. clarifies that minority rights are not the only issue for US institutions and the US State Department. All of these decisions are taken to create a specific atmosphere against Pakistan, Islamic countries and China, in which God willing the United States will fail. Tahir Ashrafi was surrounded by leaders of different schools of religious thought and members of the board of directors of Mutahida Ulema, including Allama M Hussain Akbar, Allama Syed Ziaullah Shah Bukhari, Maulana M Khan Leghari, Allama Abdul Wahab Rupari, Dr. Raghib Hussain Naeemi, Mufti M Ali Naqshbandi, Maulana M Shafi Qasmi, Maulana Aslam Siddiqui, Maulana Mufti Kifayatullah, Maulana Abdul Ghaffar Qasmi, Maulana M Ashfaq Patafi, Maulana M Umair, Maulana Asadullah Faroo As, Maulana Múfti Kifayatullah, Maulana Abdul Ghaffar Qasmi, Maulana M Ashfaq Patafi, Maulana M Umair, Maulana Asadullah Faroo As, Maulana and others.