ISLAMABAD - Special Aide to Prime Minister on Interreligious Harmony and Middle East Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi on Wednesday demanded release of incarcerated Dr Aafia Siddique, a US citizen of Pakistan origin.

Addressing Ulema Convention, he said there was no cogent reason to put Dr Aafia behind bars following the end of Afghan war. Ashrafi said Dr Aafia should be repatriated to Pakistan, adding the government was also making efforts to provide solace to Dr Aafia.

The convention titled ‘Pakistan Stability Ulema and Mashaykh Convention’ was organized by Pakistan Ulema Council. He said Ulema-Mashaykh and leading religious scholars of different religious schools of thought asked world powers to cooperate with ‘Amarat-e-Islamia Afghanistan’ for restoring peace and stability in the war-torn country.

Ashrafi said the convention had issued a  joint declaration,  in which the religious scholars, Ulema emphasized that Afghanistan must not be left alone in the current situation.

 The peace in Afghanistan would strengthen regional countries besides enhancing trade, economy, he added.

Ulema-Mashaykh Conventions’ will be held in December 2021, Fifth International Message of Islam Conference will also be held, which will be attended by leadership of Muslim World,  Ashrafi said.                                                                                                                                                                

The scholars lauded government’s Afghan policy and urged world leadership to not leave Afghanistan alone in current situation.                   

They  assured the government and security agencies their optimum support in thwarting Indian conspiracies being hatched to fan sectarian hatred in the country.

They said that after failure in Afghanistan, India was still conspiring to ignite sectarian violence to create chaos and anarchy in Pakistan.

To thwart such conspiracies, Ulema, religious and political organizations would support government, they said, adding Pakistan Army and Pakistan’s security agencies were frustrating Indian nefarious designs.

 “India should be prevented from spreading instability in the region through the connivance of international terrorist organizations,” said the scholars.

The Ulema vowed thwarting all such conspiracies with joint efforts as peace in Afghanistan was imperative for stable and peaceful Pakistan.

By practicing norms of Islam, and unity, anti state elements could be reined in, they added.

The ulema welcomed Taliban’s declaration of general amnesty and their resolve to establish a strong and stable national government.                                                

They lauded government’s evacuation efforts of foreigners from Afghanistan and hoped that the country would continue playing similar role in promoting peace in the region and especially strengthening Pak-Afghan relations.

The joint declaration asked Saudi Arabia to summon the session of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for devising a Muslim Ummah’s joint strategy on Afghan issue.       

They urged fellow Ulema to forge unity among their ranks for achieving lasting peace in the region.                                                        

The Ulema-Mashaykh appealed to the scholars, preachers and Zakirs to fully abide by ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ Code of Conduct.

The convention condemned persistent attempts to attack Pakistan’s border checkpoints from Afhgan side since last one week and suicide bombing at Afghan airport.                 

The Ulema condemned incidents of abuse and harassment against women and gave their consent to the proposal of  Prime Minister of Pakistan to form a committee for a permanent solution.

The Ulema also stated that the trial of 10 cases including Noor-e-Muqaddam, Lahore Minar-e-Pakistan should be expedited and decisions to give public punishments should be made.

 All pornography and nudity websites and social media sources fanning obscenity should be closed, said the declaration.