Following the passage of the 21st Constitutional Amendment by Parliament, Deobandi Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman has called a consultative meeting of major religious political parties on Thursday.
According to sources, the JUI-F is trying to convince the religious leaders to unite in protest against the 21st Constitutional Amendment, which was passed unanimously through Parliament on Tuesday and all Pakistani people announced their full support to this amendment to curtail terrorism including AhleSunnat (Beralvi) and Shia Sects of Islam.
The 21st Constitutional Amendment Act and the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Act, 2015 are aimed at setting up constitutionally protected military courts to try civilian terrorism suspects.
However, leaders of the JUI-F and Jamaati-i-Islami (JI) stuck to their guns and rejected the proposed law in its current form because all the major terrorists groups involved in killings of Pakistani people and attack on government installations belongs from Deoband sect including outlawed notorious Taliban, AhleSunnat Wal Jamaat ( SipaheSahaba ) , Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jundullah, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, and other terrorist groups.
Fazl had expressed his apprehensions over the new legislation, which he claimed was biased and could be used to target religious seminaries and institutions because majority of the Deobandi seminaries involved in the GHQ, Mangla Core, Srilankan Team attacks and killings of Shiite and Sunni Muslims.
Also invited to the meeting tomorrow are representatives of the Ittehad Tanzeem ul Madaris Pakistan (ITMP), a council consisting of the heads of the five major federations of seminaries, who have also called a separate meeting on Thursday to deliberate on their own course of action.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Fazl said that terrorism should not be linked to religion. He warned that if religious institutions are targeted in the name of terrorism under the new law, it would create controversy and distract the nation from its real target of curbing the menace of militancy and terrorism.
JUI-F officials informed the media that the party chief has called leaders of religious political parties and invited them to a consultative meeting at 11am on Thursday at his Ministers’ Enclave residence in Islamabad.
Religious leaders contacted by Fazl included Jamiat Ahle Hadith leader Prof Sajid Mir, Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan (JUP) president Dr Abul Khair Mohammad Zubair, JI chief Sirajul Haq, and leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Samiul Haq group (JUI-S) and the Tanzeem-e-Islami.
Its pertaining to mention here that the leading Shiite Parties Shia Ulema Council Of Allama Sajid Naqvi, Majlis-e-Wehdatul Muslimeen (MWM) Of Allama Raja Nasir Abbas and AhleSunnat Organizations Pakistan Awami Tehreek Of Dr Tahir Ul Qadri, Sunni Ittehad Council Of Sahibzada Hamid Raza, Pakistan Sunni Tehreek Of Sarwaj Ejaz Qadri & Jamaat-e-AhleSunnat Of Prof Mazhar Saeed Kazmi have extended their parties full support to formation of Military Courts to trial the terrorists.