Ulema conference asks TTP to stop bomb blasts

Ulema conference asks TTP to stop bomb blasts

LAHORE: The Pakistan Ulema Council on Tuesday asked all the militant groups including Taliban to immediately stop suicide attacks and bomb blasts and demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif play his role for the success of dialogue with the Taliban. The PUC made this demand at a peace conference which was held under the chairmanship of PUC Chairman Tahir Ashrafi. It was attended by more than 28 religious and political parties as well as representatives of the minority community. In a joint statement the PUC also demanded the government use diplomatic means to bring back the dead bodies of 23 FC personnel who were killed by the Taliban inside Afghanistan. “For the sake of God, Taliban and the government should declare a ceasefire and ensure peace,” the statement read. It asked the government to make arrangements for boarding and lodging of the people emigrating from Waziristan and other tribal areas. Addressing the conference, the speakers said that people from all walks of life and religions played their part in the creation of Pakistan and they should come forward now to bring peace in the country. The joint statement condemned the threats given to non-Muslims in Chitral and expressed deep sense of sorrow over the killing of the 23 FC personnel. It demanded that the government should bring back all those killed in Afghanistan since 2010. The conference was attended by Sunni Ittehad Council Chairman and Punjab Assembly member Pir Syed Mahfooz Mashhadi, Pakistan Ulema Council Secretary General Zahid Mahmood Qasmi, Abdul Ghafoor Rashid. 

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