LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif , Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Saharif have assured JUI-F head Maulana Fazalur Rehman to address the “reservations” of religious circle on women protection act in a meeting today.

The Punjab CM has already constituted a committee to hold consultative meetings with clerics to address their “grievances” on the act which Punjab Assembly passed last month. However, the Prime Minister has called the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) chief at his residence at Raiwind to further discuss the matter a day before the grand meeting of countrywide religious parties is going to be held at Mansora.

It is unclear so far that whether the JUI-F leader has taken into confidence the religious parties before holding meeting with Sharif brothers  or he took this step by own. The Islamist parties’ leaders are furious on government’s “un-Islamic moves in shape of Mumtaz Qadri execution and passing of women bill from Punjab legislature.”

They already announced to start a joint move against the government which according to them “bents upon changing the Islamic identity of the country into a secular and liberal state.” An insider said that the Prime Minister sought Fazlur Rehman’s recommendations on the matter during the meeting and ensured the latter to also hold consultation at federal level to address the concerns of religious parties.

After the meeting, Maulana Fazal told the reporters that he conveyed the reservations of religious parties on act to the Prime Minister. He said that PM asssured him to take personal steps and hold discussions with religious circle on the issue. “We (religious parties) must show flexibility when the government is ready for holding dialogue,” he replied to a query.

Maulana said that he will present details of the meeting before the religious parties’ leaders at the meeting due to be held at Mansora tomorrow.