Provincial, district level Ulema Councils being constituted:Minister

ISLAMABAD:Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Mohammad Yousaf Tuesday said that the government was considering to constitute National Ulema and Mashaikh Council at provincial and district level on permanent to facilitate people on important issues.

Chairing the meeting of fifth National Ulema And Mashaikh Council, he said the government has already made compulsory the teaching of the Holy Quran to federal government students of grade five to twelve.

He said some religious seminaries would be upgraded to college and university level. Seminary students would be inducted into Pakistan Army, Police and other prestigious institutions after completing education.

Meanwhile, National Ulema and Mashaikh Council issued a consensus code of conduct for maintaining peace and harmony during the holy month of Muharram-ul-Haram.

According to code of conduct, all sects would ensure sincere efforts for promoting love, harmony among each other. The dignitaries of other sects would be respected. Ulema and Mashaikh would maintain balance in their speeches and avoid discussing controversial issues. Controversial issues would be resolved with mutual consent. Criticising opponents would be totally avoided on public forums. Criticism would be avoided on sacred personalities including the wives and companions of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).

The meeting adopted a resolution condemning brutalities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Speaking on the occasion State Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Pir Amin-ul-Hasnaat Shah said national issues were being resolved in consultation with Ulema.

National Security Advisor Nasir Khan Janjua briefed Ulema and Mashaikh about challenges and certain threats being faced by the country.