Madrassas raising funds for Lal Masjid movement
KARACHI, Aug 9: The ulema of
Wafaq-ul-Madaris Al-Arabia Pakistan (WMAP) have decided to join hands with the
leaders of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) and collect funds to launch a
countrywide movement against the Lal Masjid operation.
This decision was
taken at the WMAP's supreme council meeting held Monday and Tuesday in Multan.
The meeting was presided over by WMAP president Maulana Saleemullah Khan.
Sources said that the WMAP president had told the
administrations of 12,000 madaris of the country that a law suit against the Lal
Masjid operation would be filed in the Supreme Court and each madrassa would
have to donate Rs 1,000 for this purpose. The WMAP hopes to generate more than
Rs 10 million for the movement through various donations, they added. First
peaceful protests would be organized in various cities. Then, 'Tahafuz-e-Madaris
and Ulema' conventions would be organized throughout the country.
Abdullah Hameed Rabbani, who is a member of the WMAP's supreme council,
maintained that the entire nation was mourning the Lal Masjid incident. The
incident had induced feelings of indecisiveness and insecurity among the people,
he opined, and added that it raised a number of questions that remained
unanswered. "The people want to know whether the operation was the only solution
to the Lal Masjid problem." Why did the government not give the right of safe
passage to Maulana Abdul Rasheed Ghazi? Who ordered the burning of students
during the operation? Where are the missing students? He claimed that the eyes
of the nation were on the leaders of the WMAP.
Maulana Hasan Jaan said that a petition in the Supreme Court against the
operation has proved that the ulema and madrassas believe in a lawful but
peaceful struggle. WMAP is the largest madrassa board in Pakistan and thousands
of students study under its supervision, he added. He also said that WMAP
consists of the elite ulema from the country and claimed that WMAP has the
support of the nation. Peaceful protests are our legal and social right, he
stressed. Donations need to be collected in order to support the country-wide
struggle since it will require money to organize such an event, he added. Daily times