TOBA TEK SINGH

Conspiracies are being hatched to destabilise Pakistan but the nation is united to foil the nefarious designs of the enemy, Pakistan Ulema Council Central Chairman Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi said.

Addressing Nida-e-Pakistan Conference the other day, Mr Ashrafi pointed that internal and external conspiracies could not do harm to Pakistan because it came into being with the blessings of Almighty Allah on the 27th of Ramazan.

He said although backbone of the terrorists has been broken, the menace has cost the nation more than 60,000 lives and billions of dollars loss to the national economy.

"Moral of Pakistani nation is very high and the entire nation stands behind armed forces for elimination of terrorism from the country," he said, adding that it would also help put the country on the path to progress and prosperity.

Mr Ashrafi said that operation Zarb-e-Azab is ongoing successfully and it has left a positive impact on the national economy and restoration of law and order. "Peace and normalcy have returned to erstwhile volatile Balochistan, Karachi, Fata, North and South Waziristan."

He alleged that some external forces including India do not want elimination of terrorism in Pakistan rather India through its agents is trying hard to create chaos and anarchy in the country. "We will not allow India and its agents to succeed in their nefarious designs", he asserted.

He said that inter-faith dialogue is the need of the hour, adding that a code of conduct has been submitted to the Islamic Ideology Council for inter-faith harmony. Ashrafi claimed that the Prime Minister and the Federal Law Minister have promised that legislation would be made on those matters which have been approved by Ulema unanimously.

Sahibzada Zahid Mahmood Qasmi said that the Pakistan Ulema Council has been working for unity among all religious schools of thought for sovereignty and security of the country, adding that hoisting of national flag at all mosques and Madrassas stood testimony to the confidence of religious segments in the PUC.

He said that people from all walks of life including religious parties and all schools of thoughts participated in Nida-e-Pakistan campaign.

PUC central Vice Chairman Maulana Ayub Safdar, Punjab president Hafiz Muhammad Amjad, Central Vice Chairman Maulana Abdul Karim Nadeem, Maulana Abdullah Ludhianvi, Maulana Shabbir Ahmed Usmani, Maulana Saadullah, Maulana Aneesur Rehman, Hafiz Abdul Hayye, Mufti Abdul Moeed, and others also addressed the conference.