Khatm-e-Nabuwwat issue resolved once and for all: Irfan Siddiqui

LAHORE:Advisor to the Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui on Friday said that the issue of Finality of Prophethood had been resolved once and for all and Ahmedis were not part of the Muslim ummah as per the constitution.

Addressing the media at the inauguration of Urdu Science Book House at the Urdu Science Board here, he said the nation had shed blood in the movement for the Finality of Prophethood, adding that ulema from all sects were agreed on the fact that denial of the Finality of Prophethood rendered a person non-Muslim.

To a query, he said problems may increase by making some issue controversial which had been settled in the constitution.

Irfan Siddqui said educational, literary and cultural institution had played great role in presenting the soft image of the country, adding that literary and cultural institution had almost become extinct but the present government gave them a new life through consolidated efforts.

He said Urdu dictionary had been digitalised which would be launched next month. He said research work was being undertaken on the sound dictionary to resolve the issue of pronounciation, adding that the work would be completed on the dictionary before June 2018.

The Advisor to the Prime Minister said the performance of nine institutions under the Ministry of Information had improved by 70 to 80 percent. He dispelled the impression that readers had turned away from books, adding that National Book Foundation was publishing average one book daily.

He said honorarium for poets and intellectuals had been increased, adding that an endowment fund of 500 million had been established to meet expenses on seminars etc. in literaray and cultural institutions under the Ministry of Information. He said that endowment fund had been despoietd in the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and the profit would be spent on literary and cultural programmes in the country.

To a qury, he said Ahmedis were barred from practicing Islamic values, mosque, call to prayer in the name of Islam, adding, “We should avoid such a sensitive issue.”

Regarding introduction of legislation on universities by the federal government, he said education, health and food were provincial subjects under the 18h amendment, adding that any such move would be taken in consultation with the provinces.

Earlier, Director General (DG) Urdu Science Board Dr Nasir Abbas Nayyar gave a detailed briefing on the performance and future projects of the board.