Govt to consult ulemas regarding blasphemy laws: President Alvi

LAHORE: President Dr. Arif Alvi addressing delegation of Ulemas representing different sects at Governor House. INP PHOTO

LAHORE: President Dr Arif Alvi met a delegation of ulemas representing different sects at the Governor House Lahore where he announced that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government will consult the religious scholars regarding the country’s blasphemy laws.

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar was also present at the meeting. The president stressed the need to highlight the true essence of Islam while projecting Islam’s inherited positive, polite and peaceful aspects.

President Alvi stated that the federal government was the determined guardian to protect Namoos-e-Risalat.

“[PTI] government will consult ulemas to play their effective role so that Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat and blasphemy Laws are not misused. Ulemas should fully cooperate with the government to ensure that sacred notions are not misused to create conflicts, aggression and destruction of peace in the country,” the president, according to a press statement, making it clear that the government has no plans of reviewing the clause-295-C of the blasphemy laws.

Alama Ayub Safdar, on behalf of the ulema delegation, assured that they will extend all possible help to ensure peace of the country and will cooperate effectively to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state.

The president further said that the government is not considering any proposal to accept Israel as a state. The president further said that the process to register mosques and madaras will be smoothened and facilitated as per laws so that the registration process is completed soon.

Governor Sarwar said that the government will protect Namoos-e-Risalat, maintaining that they will not accept Israel as a state.