LAHORE: A joint meeting of leaders of all religions, various political and religious parties and Ulema of various schools of thought have strongly condemned Youhanaabad blasts and lynching of two boys.
They also demanded the government to arrest the accused and award them exemplary punishment.
The joint meeting was organized by Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC), under the chair of PUC chairman Moulana Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, over the current scenario after the twin blasts and lynching of two boys on Thursday.
The meeting expressed solidarity with families of the deceased and announced that terrorism and barbarism have no link with any religion or sect.
It appealed to the people belonging to all religions and sects to remain peaceful and promote religious tolerance and harmony in the country. It announced to condemn Youhannabad incident in all mosques in Friday sermons in mosques all over the country.
It demanded the government to protect worship places of all religions and sects, and enhance coordination between the government and leaders of worship places administration.
The meeting said that Islamic teachings and the Constitution have defined the rights of non-Muslims and all people in the country should be given their due rights without any discrimination which is also an agenda of PUC.
The meeting said that protection of life, property and worship places of the minorities is not only a responsibility of the government but Muslims should play their role in this regard according to the teachings of Islam.
It was declared that joint meeting accepts the importance of interfaith harmony and dialogue among various sects, and announced that PUC will continue its efforts in this regard.
“We consider that dialogue on interfaith and various sects are not only need of Pakistan but also of the world in the wake of current international scenario”, the declaration said and added that real peace and harmony in the world can only be created by providing rights to the minorities.
The meeting stressed upon international religious and political leaders for holding dialogue and urged leaders of all religions to make a strategy to eliminate extremism.
Sahibzada Zahid Mehmood Qasmi, JUP president Pir Mahfooz Mashhadi, Moulana Muhammad Khan Leghari, Qazi Abdul Qadeer Khamosh, Dr Abdul Ghafoor Rashid of Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith, leader of Shia Ulema Council Hafiz Kazim Raza, Allama Ayub Safdar, Hafiz Muhammad Amjad, Moulana Shabir Ahmad Usmani, Bishop Joseph Arshad, Pastor Amanovail Khokhar, Father Francis Nadeem, Father Nisar Barkat, Pastor Yousuf Samoil, Pastor Javed Gill, Hindu leader Dr Manor Chaand, Sikh leader Sardar Sham Singh, Bishop Irfan Jamil, Col. Washington, Pir Naeemullah Farooqi, Moulana Mushtaq Lahori and others attended the joint meeting.