While terming the prime minister’s address to the nation as disappointing, the joint steering committee of the religious parties has called upon the federal government to take concrete steps for the total implementation of the constitution and the enforcement of the Shariah or face a continued countrywide protest.
The committee at its meeting chaired by JI Secretary General, at Mansoora, examined in detail the Gulshan-e-Iqbal tragedy in Lahore and the situation in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. It strongly condemned every form of terrorism and observed that terrorism was not linked to any religion or humanity. It however observed that wrong policies of the governments and baseless measures against Islam, the religion of nature, were creating reaction, violence and extremism among the people.
The committee has the representation of the JUI (F), JUP, JI, Jamaat al Dawa, Markazi Jamiat e Ahle Hadith, the Islami Tehreek, Tanzeem e Islami, Ulema and Mashaikh Rabita Council, and others.
It urged the rulers, the intellectuals and the secular forces to give up their bias against Islam, the madrassas and mosques. It urged the government to concentrate on the implementation of the NAP against terrorism besides addressing the socio economic problems of the masses.
The committee said that protest and the demands put forth after the Chehlum of Mumtaz Qadri at Liaqat Bagh were quite natural as the rulers who had executed Mumtaz Qadri in such haste ignored the fact that the masses had great love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
The religious parties have decided to hold a Nizam e Mustafa Conference on April two, at Mansoora, which would be addressed by heads of all parties and the future line of action would be decided.