Lahore: Punjab Chief Minster Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that brutal attack on the Christians community at Badami Bagh is highly lamentable. He said that there was no justification of ransacking after the arrest of the accused. He said that those who ransacked and damaged the Christian homes made no service to Islam and Pakistan rather this incident has tarnished the image of the country.
The Chief Minister said that terrorism and lawlessness have engulfed the country and the blood of the innocent people is being shed from Peshawar to Karachi. He said that instead of creating unity among our ranks, we have become the tool in the hands of Aghyaar and are divided into groups. He said that it is the responsibility of ulema and mashaikh to spread the message of love and sacrifice in their sermons under present circumstances and promote the sentiments of tolerance and patience in the society.
The Chief Minister said that like Ittehad Bainul Muslimeen Committee, constitution of Ittehad Bainul Mazahib Committee should be considered. He said that the ulema, by sitting together, should evolve a strategy for eradication of incidents like Badami Bagh in future.
He was addressing a meeting of ulema and mashaikh at Model Town today. Ulema and mashaikh strongly condemned the tragic incident happened with Christian Community and decided to observe the next Friday as “Tolerance Day”. Provincial Ministers, Rana Sanaullah Khan, Haji Ehsanuddin Qureshi, Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashhood Ahmad, Members Assembly, Chief Secretary, Acting IG Punjab Police, Home Secretary, Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Chairman Punjab Quran Board Ghulam Muhammad Sialvi, Chairman Punjab Mutihidda Ulema Board, Pir Ameerul Hasnaat, Maulana Amjad Khan, Maulana Raghib Hussain Naeemi and Maulana Ajmal Qadri were present on the occasion.
Addressing the ulema, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that tragic incident of Badami Bagh is the worst example of barbarism. He said that we have to ponder that to what extent we are following the message of Holy Prophet (PBUH). He stressed upon the ulema to sit together and evolve a strategy for curbing such incidents in future. The Chief Minister said that like Ittehad Bainul Muslimeen Committee, there is a need of forming Ittehad Bainul Mazahib Committee.
Ulema on this occasion, strongly condemned Badami Bagh incident and demanded punishment to the accused as per law. Dr. Raaghib Hussain Naeemi said that the so-called Muslims made no service to Islam through ransacking rather have tarnished the image of Muslims, Islam and Pakistan. Maulana Amjad Khan said that without investigation of such incidents, immediate reaction is not appropriate and we should demonstrate tolerance. Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Sialvi said that the tragic incident happened with Christian community is highly condemnable. Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi said that this incident has tarnished the image of the country and the Muslims.