Something is fishy - Mufti Naeem
KARACHI, July 6(Dawn): Mufti Mohammed Naeem heads the Jamia Binoria, SITE Town. Dissociating
himself from Afghan and Kashmiri fighters, he believes that jihad can only be
ordered by the state. With regards to the current crisis in Islamabad, he
believes that much remains hidden from public view.Q. What are your
views about the events in Islamabad?
A. I was amongst the delegation
of religious scholars that met the two brothers in Lal Masjid early this year.
We told them that establishing their own court and kidnapping and forcing
repentance are against Islam and Shariah and expressed displeasure over the use
of female students in enforcing their own agenda. But the brothers remained
adamant and paid no heed. We must realise that the enforcement of the Shariah
lies in the jurisdiction of the government. We can pressurise the government but
we have no right to run a parallel system of governance – which Shariah terms
sedition – since this would lead to anarchy.Q. Do you think that
Maulana Aziz's attempt to flee in a burqa has demoralised your fraternity?
A. It has defamed the institution of the madrassah. It was a
shameful act for one who claimed to champion religion and accept martyrdom for
his cause. Such an act is condemnable. Nevertheless, the media exploited the
whole drama and made the burqa a laughing stock. Abdul Aziz is now a prisoner,
no matter how misguided, and the media should respect that. Meanwhile, the
authorities should stick to the wise policy of restraint since any offensive
will lead to a huge loss of life. The government must not be egotistic like the
two brothers.Q. What damage has their egotism done?
Such acts will only damage and bring notoriety to Islam and Pakistan, and dilute
all the efforts to dispel the West's impressions about extremist militancy in
Pakistan's seminaries.Q. Do you think the brothers acted on their
A. Two persons could not create such a drama, or brainwash
brigades of students. All this must have happened at someone's behest, which
needs to be investigated. Something is fishy. How could they acquire such
quantities of weapons and explosives? We need a thorough judicial
enquiry.Q. What will the Wafaqul Madaris, which controls thousands of
seminaries, do about the pupils who will now roam free?
A. We all
agree that those thousands of brainwashed students should not be abandoned and
have suggested that the Wafaq do something. We will have to pursue the
government and the students' parents to remove all the effects of extremism from
these students' minds, otherwise they could create greater problems in future.
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