Govt warned of 'madrassa backlash'
ISLAMABAD, July 9: Wafaqul Madaris, a body of
madrassas countrywide, on Sunday warned the government of a backlash from
madrassa students and clerics if security forces continued their siege of Lal
Masjid and Jamia Hafsa.
Wafaq clerics, headed by Maulana Salimullah Khan,
conveyed the warning to Pakistan Muslim League President Chaudhry Shujaat
Hussain in Islamabad on Sunday.
The clerics asked the PML chief to tell
President General Pervez Musharraf that the Lal Masjid operation should be
immediately halted, Qari Hanif Jalhandri of the Wafaq said after
meeting with Chaudhry Shujaat.
He would not elaborate on how madrassas
would react if the Lal Masjid operation were not halted. He said that the Wafaq
would call a Supreme Council meeting shortly to consider the Lal Masjid
operation and the situation arising out of it.
Qari Hanif said that the
Wafaq demanded amnesty for Lal Masjid deputy chief cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi and
militant madrassa students who have been holed up in the mosque for the last six
days. "We feel the general amnesty for those inside the mosque and Jamia Hafsa
will prevent further loss of lives," Hanif said. He condemned the takeover of
Jamia Faridia, Lal Masjid's madrassa for boys in E-7, by law enforcement
He said Chaudhry Shujaat had assured the Wafaq delegates that
he would communicate their sentiments to the president.
city clerics led by Qari Saeedur Rehman and MNA Maulana Shah Abdul Aziz also
demanded amnesty for Ghazi Abdul Rashid and his diehard supporters holed up in
the mosque. daily times
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