Ulema ask Nawaz, Imran to resolve issues peacefully

LAHORE: More than 200 clerics and scholars belonging to different sects from all across the country have appealed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan to resolve political issues in a peaceful manner and adopt the path of dialogue and reconciliation.
In a statement issued from Pakistan Ulema Council [PUC], Maulana Dr Ahmad Ali Siraj, Pir Syed Mahfuz Mashhadi, Maulana Zahid Mahmood Qasmi, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Maulana Tariq Madni, Hafiz Hussain Ahmad [Mardan], Maulana Hafiz Kazim Raza, Maulana Abdul Hameed Sabri, Maulana Mufti Muhammad Umar Faruq, Maulana Muhammad Ammar Baloch, Pir Tareeqat Maulana Muhammad Ayub Safdar, Maulana Anwar-ul-Haq Mujahid, Maulana Ashfaq Patafi, Maulana Muhammad Mushtaq, Maulana Muhammad Aslam, Maulana Abdul Qayyum, Maulana Muhammad Umar Usmani, Maulana Noman Hashir, Maulana Muhammad Azam Faruq, Pir Khalid Mahmood Qasmi and other scholars and clerics said that national unity and harmony are desperately needed under the circumstances currently facing Pakistan. The government and PTI’s leadership should immediately start negotiations for solving issues. 
The religious leaders further said that Pakistan is a country with a population of 200 million. It is the responsibility of all political and religious leaders to uphold the honour and dignity of Pakistan. Therefore, political leaders should not make a laughing stock of Pakistan, and try to resolve all issues through negotiation and reconciliation as per the aspirations of the Pakistani people. They also urged PTI’s leadership to revisit its decision to enter the Red Zone and said that it is the responsibility of both the state and civilians to provide protection to foreign diplomats. Therefore, everyone should play their role to protect the Diplomatic Enclave, parliament and Supreme Court, and mitigate concerns that exist among foreign diplomats. 

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