ISLAMABAD - The government’s decision to keep moratorium on implementation of death penalty did not go well with the religious elements and over 100 religious scholars belonging to Pakistan Sunni Tehreek Ulema Board rejected the move, terming it a clear violation of the Islamic injunctions.
In a joint statement issued by the Board, these Ulema, including Allama Ghufran Mahmood Sailvi, Mufti Abid Mubarak, Dr Raghib Hussain Naeemi, Sahibzada Mohammad Daud Rizvi and Sahibzada Syed Anayatul Haq Shah demanded of the government to withdraw the decision forthwith and restore capital punishment otherwise they would give tough time to the rulers for this violation of the Islamic injunctions.
They charged that government was just pleasing its foreign masters and the Ulema would not let the rulers make the mockery of the Islamic laws and quickly added that at the same time the government was also violating the constitution of Pakistan.
They pointed out that the moratorium on capital punishment would encourage the criminal elements particularly the terrorists who were already on killing spree of the innocent people across the country. They further said that actually the banishment of the capital punishment would be to protect the people involved in the blasphemy of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and to please the West for getting petty favours in lieu of it.
They warned the PML-N led government that if they failed to correct their path then the Ulema and people of Pakistan would left with no choice but to come on streets and launch a countrywide movement to throw them out of power corridors as they would not allow any government to function in Pakistan which would tarnish the Islamic injunctions to please their foreign masters.