LAHORE - The PML-Q, Jamaat-e-Islami and JUI-F have condemned the Punjab government for banning tableeghi jamaat (preaching group) from entering the educational institutions.

PML-Q President Ch Shujaat Hussain and JUI-F leaders in their separate statements said the jamaat had no link with any kind of terrorism instead it promoted peace and harmony among Muslims and non-believers. JUI-F has already hinted at calling a meeting of religio-political parties on the issue.

Shujat strongly condemned the ban and said that Tableeghi Jamaat was free from sectarianism. “There is no ban on the jamaat even in Russia but here we stop it to enter in colleges and promoting dance parties in the institutions.” He said that tableeghi jamaat right from its establishment spread message of unity among Muslims. He said the ban was imposed following agenda of non-Muslim forces who wanted to implement this un-Islamic agenda for many years. He said, “We will not allow them to succeed in this objective.”

The Jamaat e Islami’s members of the parliament have moved an adjournment motion in the Senate and the National Assembly against the Punjab government ban on the tableeghi jamaat in the educational institutions, terming it an attempt to stop the preaching of Islam.

An identical motion tabled by the JI legislators said that the tableeghi jamaat was an international movement busy in preaching of Islam and was working in all spheres of life including educational campuses, inviting the people to faith in Allah Almighty and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet.

The motion said it was unfortunate that instead of banning fashion shows, music concerts and the co-education system, the Punjab government had placed ban on those inviting the faithful to the teachings of Allah and His prophet.

Terming the government move a blatant attempt to stop preaching of Islam and a clear support to the evil and all Satanic activities, the JI members demanded an immediate discussion on the issue.

The movers of the motion included Senator Sirajul Haq, besides MNAs Sahibzada Tariqullah , Sahibzada Muhammad Yaqub, Sher Akbar Khan and Begum Aisha Syed.