MUFTI Muneebur Rehman excused himself from attending ulemas meeting convened by Interior Minister Rehman Malik in Islamabad on Sunday, reported a private TV channel. Talking to the channel, Munib said he received an invitation from Rehman Malik to attend a meeting of the ulema belonging to various schools of thought on the prevailing situation in the country, which he had to refuse. Muneeb said he told the Interior Minister that it is a shame for the government for failing to provide protection to the shrines.