Ashrafi says nobody would be allowed to resort to violence in name of religion or politics

LAHORE: The central majlis-e-shura [consultative committee] of Pakistan Ulema Council [PUC] has stressed the need for dialogue and reconciliation to resolve the current political crisis in the country, and urged Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif and Tahir ul Qadri to settle the issue through talks. In a session that was held at PUC’s main office in Bait-ul-Aman Lahore under the headship of Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, the central majlis-e-shura evaluated the current situation of the country and decided that the PUC would wholeheartedly participate in the next election and cooperation would be extended to parties who agree with the PUC’s manifesto and code-of-conduct. The decision was also taken during the meeting to establish Wafaq al-Madaras Pakistan in order to bring mosques all over the country under a powerful and organized system. All mosques affiliated with the PUC will work under Wafaq al-Madaras Pakistan.
While addressing the meeting, PUC Central Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi said that nobody in the country would be allowed to resort to violence in the name of religion or politics. Our struggle for inter-sectarian harmony and inter-faith dialogue will continue. He added that a few thousand people do not have the right to decide the fortune of the country. Pakistan has a constitution and law. All political and religious parties should put forward their demands while remaining within the jurisdiction of the constitution and law. The Pakistani nation will not allow any attempt to revoke or invalidate Pakistan’s law or constitution to succeed. 
In his address to the meeting, PUC Central Secretary General Sahibzada Zahid Mahmood Qasmi said that the government should take strong action against forces inciting sectarian violence in the country. He said that Tahir ul Qadri and Imran Khan should have mercy on women, children and elderly attending the sit-in, and allow them to go back home. He added that the PUC would hold nationwide conferences and gatherings for stability in Pakistan. 
During the meeting of the central majlis-e-shura, various committees were formed to mobilize the PUC and it was decided that the PUC would be mobilized in madrassas, schools and universities throughout the country. 

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