PUC issues code of conduct for mosques, seminaries

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Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) on Wednesday issued code of conduct for mosques and religious seminaries across the country.

The code of conduct issued by PUC prohibits use of loudspeakers for all purposes except the deliverance of Arabic sermon of Friday prayers and call for prayer. Even preaching of the Holy Quran and addressing religious congregations through loudspeakers was banned.

The code of conduct urged the seminary administration to keep all documents of enrolled student in its custody and not to allow any foreign student or teacher to stay in Madaris without fulfilling all legal requirements.

“Immigration card issued by the Pakistani government to Afghan students and teachers will be considered a legal document,” the code of conduct read, adding, “Registered seminaries will be bound to submit annual audit report of their seminary to the relevant authorities.”

The code issued asked the unregistered seminaries to keep their applied-for registration receipt with them.

Meanwhile, Jamiat-e-Ulema and other Sunni religious parties have announced to protest on February 14 against the ban on use of loudspeakers.