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The Pakistani Ulema Council has declared that it extends it support for construction of the first Hindi Temple in Islamabad. The council, whose membership is comprised of Islamic clerics and legal scholars of different Islamic traditions, also criticized those who tried to raise controversy on this matter as the Constitution of Pakistan specifically defines both the rights of Muslims and non-Muslims alike who are living in the country.
Chairman PUC and Muthahida Ulema Board – Hafiz Muhammad Mehmood Tahir Ashrafi – delved into detail on the matter. Along with extending full support for the building of the temple, he also condemned the people who tried to make this a controversial matter and spoke against it. He further declared their interpretation of Sharia wrong and denounced any and all religious extremists’ beliefs.
Talking to the media, the PUC chairman stated that,
“The Constitution of Pakistan categorically defines the rights of Muslims and non-Muslims living in the country. To have their own place of worship and offer a life as per their faith and tradition are the right given to all non-Muslims in the Constitution and as well as in Sharia. Those opposing the construction of the temple have an incorrect interpretation of Sharia. We denounce the controversy over construction of the temple. Making this controversial by extremist clerics is not correct. The PUC will call a meeting and will also present its point of view to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII). We are very clear; no extremist group or individual should be allowed to usurp the rights of minorities in the country.
Fake Allegations Of Blasphemy And Other Acts Of Violence On Minorities
Hafiz Ashrafi went on to speak about the violence committed on the non-Muslim minorities of the country. The council chairman talked about the fake blasphemy allegations received by the council on a daily basis. He revealed that the Muthahida Ulema Board had resolved 105 such cases in the last one year. He called for ‘strict action’ to be taken against such people who send these fake complaints.
“Even in the Ulema Board there have been several unfounded complaints related to violations of the blasphemy law against the people of religious minorities but we not only turned them down but also warned the complainants in a few cases against lodging false complaints,” he said. He further revealed that a religious convention will be held in Islamabad soon. “PUC in coordination with the World Peace Council will soon host a convention in Islamabad which will be attended by representatives of different religious schools of thought and religions,” he added.
The PUC chairman also dismissed the statements of harm to faith involved in building this place of worship in Islamabad. He stated;
“Dozens of worship places have been established in the country for religious minorities and recently the government constructed the Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims. Did anybody observe any threat to Islam? No.”
He also finally assured that the PUC was and will remain vocal against the extremist behaviors of certain religious clerics. Hafiz Ashrafi concluded;
“Pakistan Ulema Council has played a frontline role for interfaith harmony in the country and will continue to do so.”