LAHORE  - Leadership of more than two dozen religious parties of all schools of thought yesterday announced to jointly hold Nizam-e-Mustafa conference in Rawalpindi on May 1 in a bid to expedite struggle for enforcement of Shariah (Islamic Laws) in the country.

The announcement was made by Steering Committee of religious parties in a media briefing at Jamaat-e-Islami head-office Mansora.

Presided over by JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch, the meeting of the committee was earlier held and was attended by Hafiz Abdur Rahman Makki, Maulana Abdur Rauf Farooqi, Syed Ziaullah Shah, Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar Ropari, Dr Muhammad Amin and Dr Abdul Ghafoor Rashid.

The religious parties included JUI-F, JUI-S, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, JUP-N, JUP, Islami Tehreek and other formed the Steering Committee after their grand meeting at Mansoora some two weeks ago. Its objective was to make joint strategy against what they call the “secular moves of the govt in shape of passage of women protection act from Punjab Assembly and execution of Mumtaz Qadri.”

The religious parties have already rejected women law and termed the Qadri’s execution a judicial murder.

“Steering Committee resolved to expedite the struggle for the enforcement of the Nizam-e-Mustafa (Islamic System) in the country with a view to protecting its Islamic ideology. We decided to make collective efforts for safeguarding the country’s Constitution and its supremacy and to reject all obstacles in the implementation of its Islamic provisions. It was also decided to hold a grand Nizam-e-Mustafa Conference at Liaquat Bagh Rawalpindi on May 1,” Liaquat Baloch told the reporters after the meeting.

He said the conspiracies of secular and liberal lobby against the Islamic provisions of the Constitution were quite well-known. Hence, now it was the responsibility of the religious leadership to protect these Islamic articles and ensure their implementation, he added.

He said it was unfortunate that instead of defending the Islamic provisions, the rulers were talking of a liberal and secular Pakistan under the US and Western pressure and were ready to enact more laws similar to the Women Protection Law adopted by the Punjab Assembly that would promote debauchery and immorality. He said they would not allow the rulers designs to succeed.

The meeting condemned “the arrests of the religious scholars and raids at seminaries.” It also condemned “the propaganda against the Jamaat-ud-Dawa for having a parallel judicial system and said this was being done under US and Indian pressure.”

Liaquat Baloch said it was fortunate that the Panama Leaks had not named any religious leader added that only the upholders of secularism and liberalism were involved in the plunder of national wealth.

The meeting also “disapproved the media attitude towards the religious leadership and appealed to the media to support the forces striving for the rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution.”