LAHORE - Condemning attempts to bracket terrorism with religion and madaris, the Tanzeemat-e-Madaris al-Islamia (TMI) has termed the bid a calculated plan of the secular elements, colonial powers and the Zionists to malign Islam.

The TMI, which is central body of the religious seminaries run by JI, made this utterance after a meeting of the body under the chair of JI chief Sirajul Haq at Mansoora on Saturday. The meeting was attended by president Tanzeemul Madaris Ahle Sunant Pakistan Mufti Munibur Rehman,, chief organisor Wifawqul Madaris al Salfia, chief organisor Tanzeermul Madaris Ahle Sunnat Pakistan Maulana Abdul Mustafa Hazarvi, Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Sialvi and Maulana Abdul Malik.

The participants of the meeting said that male and female students attending madaris were not only loyal to Pakistan but also ready to lay down their lives for the country.

They claimed that malicious propaganda was being made against madaris under West’s pressure.

They called upon the government to immediately stop the campaign unleashed against Islam, Islamic symbols - the mosque and the religious educational institutions - under the cover of the Peshawar tragedy.

A declaration unanimously adopted at the meeting termed the Peshawar terrorist attack and those taking place earlier heinous crimes against Islam and humanity.

The meeting fully supported the unanimous plan adopted by the political parties and the armed forces for wiping out terrorism.

Stating that madaris had nothing to do with terrorism or extremism in the country, the declaration noted that out of those charged with terrorism or those sentenced by the courts on the charges of terrorism, only a few were related to the religious seminaries.

It said that the responsibility of any terrorist act of an individual having past link with a religious seminary could not be placed on the institution.

Rejecting the propaganda against the madaris, the declaration stated that any unlawful or immoral measure against madaris or the mosques would be met with full force.

The declaration noted that most of madaris were already registered. However it welcomed registration of the madaris in line with the formula already decided by the government and the madaris body.

The declaration claimed that madaris were funded by the masses and the philanthropists of the country, the accounts of the madaris were clear and were regularly audited.

The meeting demanded that the reference made to madaris in the National Action Plan and the official advertisements should be removed from the document.

It also demanded that the names of the madaris should also be included in the list of the educational institutions receiving government grants.

JI chief Sirajul Haq, while talking to media after the meeting, said Islam preached love and  brotherhood and the Ulema imparting religious teachings at madaris and the students of these madaris were the asset of the country, and it was a matter of shame that poisonous propaganda had been unleashed against madaris at the instigation of the West and the secular lobby.  

Siraj said that a terrorist had no religion but the present propaganda against Islam and madaris was the agenda of the West and the US to keep the comity of nations away from Islam through such propaganda.

He said any action against the mosques and madaris under the cover of anti-terrorism operations would not be allowed.

He demanded that Ulema of the Wifaqul Madaris should also be included in the action plan and any decision regarding madaris be taken with their consultation.

JI chief pointed out that madaris were not allowed to open accounts in the banks and the State Bank was not taking any decision on madaris’ request in this regard.