Punjab Assembly adopts resolution to support Tablighi Jamaat

Resolution expresses dismay over Saudi government’s decision declaring Tablighi Jamaat a terrorist organisation

LAHORE   -  The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution expressing solidarity with Tablighi Jamaat and expressing dismay over Saudi government’s decision declaring it a terrorist organisation.

Moved by Khadija Omer of the PML-Q, the resolution said that Tablighi Jamaat and other religious organisations were carrying out the duty of preaching Islam.

“Tablighi Jamaat is an organised global organisation. It has nothing to do with terrorism. History has shown that these people have never been involved in such activities. They are earning good will for Pakistan with preaching of Islam all over the world. This is an organisation which includes people of all classes,” the resolution stated.

The resolution further said that Tablighi Jamaat had given practical proof of brotherhood by eliminating the distinction between the rich and the poor.

Earlier, Speaker Ch Parvez Elahi suspended all the relevant rules and allowed the mover to move the resolution out of turn. Since no member opposed the resolution, it was passed unanimously.

The Assembly members in their speeches termed Tablighi Jamaat as non-political and peaceful organisation working for propagation of Islam as a religion of peace and love.

The Assembly also passed two private members’ bills including the National College of Business Administration and Economics Lahore (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and the Punjab Public Representatives Law (Amendment) Bill, 2021. The House adopted two more resolutions calling for legislation to regulate the gold business and setting up of a housing colony for employees of Punjab Assembly. Five private members’ bills including the University of Central Punjab Bill, 2021; the University of Rawalpindi Bill, 2021; University of Arts and Science Lahore Bill, 2021; the Nur International University (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and the Salar International University Bill, 2021 were introduced in the House. All these bills were referred to the relevant committees for further consideration.

Also, seventeen zero-hour notices were deferred due to the absence of relevant ministers. These notices were related to departments of housing, urban development and public health engineering; primary and secondary health care; environment protection; school education; industries and commerce; local government and community development and higher education.  Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Mohammad Mazari summoned all the relevant ministers through a ruling to attend the proceedings tomorrow (Today) to respond to these notices.

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