Fawad calls for ending monopoly of ‘specific group’ in mosques


ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has called for ending the monopoly of a “specific group” in mosques and recommended that grade 14 to grade 16 level jobs should be offered to clerics instead.

He added that such measures enhance discipline and urged provincial ministers to fulfill their responsibilities.

“Instead of allocating resources for a very small group, the State should offer Grade 14-16 jobs to the Imams of the mosques. This will put an end to the monopoly of a specific group and also bring discipline. The higher provincial ministers should fulfill their responsibilities in this regard,” he stated in a tweet.

Fawad recently stated that it was unwise to spend Rs4 million for sighting the moon and added that he respected clerics but such issues were decided voluntarily.

“I have given my opinion, it’s not necessary that everyone has to agree with me, however, there is no wisdom in spending around Rs4 million.”

He further constituted a five-member committee to finalise exact dates of Ramzan, Eidul Fitr, Eidul Azha and Muharram for the next five years.

In a separate tweet, the minister also claimed that after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s austerity drive, the salaries of parliamentarians and ministers have been reduced significantly, while entertainment allowances have been completely abolished.