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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.

Maulana 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.

WMAP vice-president 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
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