Karachi - Special Assistant to Sindh Chief Minister on Religious Affairs Dr Qayyum Soomro on Monday said that the provincial government would not do any legislation against the teachings of Islam, and a provincial Islamic Ideology Council would be formed to oversee such affairs.

He was presiding over a meeting of ulemas here at Sindh Secretariat held to review the security and other issues pertaining to 12th of Rabiul Awal.

The clerics conveyed to him their concerns over the bill, recently passed in the provincial assembly, pertaining to the rights of minorities, and said that it was against the teachings of Quran and Sunnah (SAW). The clerics demanded the provincial government to immediately repeal the legislation.

They also called for implementing the ban on the sale of wine in the province.

Soomro assured the clerics of his complete support and said that the provincial government would take them into confidence over the issue, and that no legislation would be done against the teachings of Islam.

Earlier, while reviewing the security arrangements for 12th Rabiul Awal, the provincial administration and the clerics agreed on banning pillion riding and suspending mobile service in the province on 12th Rabiul Awal.

Initially, the clerics opposed this move, but after briefings from the AIGP Karachi Mushtaq Mehar over the security conditions in the province, they assented to it and allowed the government to take decision on pillion riding and suspension of mobile service on its own. Assistant to the CM further informed that the Sindh government had approached the federal government to exempt the province from loadshedding on the 12th of Rabiul Awal.