Governor for promoting inter-faith harmony

* Sarwar says prime minister himself monitoring the negotiation process with the Taliban

LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has said that people belonging to all religions and sects will have to struggle together to promote inter-faith and inter-sectarian harmony. 
Talking to a 20-member delegation of Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) at the Governor’s House on Sunday, he said, “We appreciate the services of Madaras Al-Arabia for religion and education. The government is serious about talks with the Taliban and the prime minister is monitoring the negotiation process himself.”
The governor said that the PUC’s efforts for inter-faith and inter-sectarian harmony were commendable. “The incumbent government is committed to making Pakistan a peaceful country and this is the reason why talks are being held with the Taliban.” 
He said that no crackdown was being carried out on Madaras Al-Arabia and the government “does not want to interfere in the matters of madrassas”. 
He said that Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Madaras-e-Deenya’s recommendations on the matters of madrassas would be welcomed. 
PUC Central Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi said that negotiations with the Taliban would make it easy to achieve the destiny of peace. 
“Some forces want to sabotage negotiations with the Taliban. The government should be mindful of them.”
He said that baseless propaganda was being carried out against Madaras Al-Arabia. He said that the Punjab governor should play a role in both his official and personal capacities to thwart this propaganda. “Both modern and historical subjects are taught in madrassas. Having access to the financial information of madrassas is not difficult. Every madrassa performs its own audit and no department provides funding to madrassas. The government should be accountable for the money that came to Pakistan in the name of madrassa reforms.”
The meeting was attended by Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Allama Ayub Safdar, Sahibzada Zahid Mahmood Qasmi, Hafiz Muhammad Amjad, Maulana Ammar Nazir Baloch, Maulana Noman Hashir, Qari Ahmad Ali Nadeem, Maulana Abdul Hameed Sabri, Mian Rashid Munir, Maulana Umar Usmani, Hafiz Amjad Mahmood, Abdul Khaliq Marali, Mufti Umar Faruq, Maulana Azam Faruq, Maulana Shakil-ur-Rehman Qasmi, Qari Muhammad Mushtaq, Maulana Abdul Qayum, Maulana Anwaar-ul-Haq Mujahid, Qari Muhammad Salman Usmani and Muhammad Umar Faruq. 

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