RAWALPINDI - The government should take stern action against the terrorists by abandoning the peace process with Taliban at once.

Central President Muttahida Ulema Mahaz Pakistan (MUMP) Allama Mirza Yousaf Hussain said this in a press conference on Thursday here at Rawalpindi Press Club. He said that the court had awarded capital punishment to more than 100 terrorists but they were not executed. It was the constitutional responsibility of President Mamnoon Hussain to get implanted the court orders and if President or Prime Minister were creating any hindrance in implementation of these penalties, the legal proceedings should be initiated against them.  

He was flanked by clerics from different school of thoughts including Allama Izhar Shah Bukhri, Allama Saleem Haider, Allama Haider Alvi, Qari Ali Akbar Naeemi, Pir Azmat Ullah Sultan Qadri, Mufti Abdul Shakoor Farooqui, Qari Akhtar Mehmood Diubandi and Sheikh Mazhar Ali.

Allama Yousaf said that as a goodwill gesture and to show the solidarity with their Sunni brothers Shias would participate in the processions of 12th Rabi-ul-Awal to mark the birthday of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) with religious fervour. He demanded of the government to take extraordinary security measures on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi to avoid any untoward incident.

"There is not any sectarianism in the country but some handful elements who are supporting terrorism are exploiting the situation by crafting differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims. Those who are standing shoulder to shoulder with the terrorists are getting huge funding from the foreign anti-Pakistan states," he added.

On the occasion Allama Izhar Shah Bukhari said that MUMP severely condemned the terrorist attack on the mosque as well as Imambargahs at Rawalpindi after the tragic incident that took place in Raja Bazaar on 10th Moharram.

Allama Haider Alvi said that after the Rawalpindi happening, banners were placed by some traders and clerics on the streets of the city demanding banning of 12th Rabi-ul-Awal procession. He said that no conspiracy would be succeeded against the Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAWW) procession. The Punjab government should take notice of these banners placed in the city, Alvi added.

Allama Salim Haider demanded that those who were arrested after Rawalpindi incident should either be released or their kin and kiths be allowed to meet them.