LAHORE - The one-man-army show in Islamabad on Thursday that created panic among the masses for six hours was condemned by the mainstream religious parties.

They said such a style to demand enforcement of Islam in the country by an armed individual was nothing but just making mockery of the country.

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Fareed Piracha, while talking to The Nation, said, “This is no way to demand enforcement of Islam. On the other hand, this is ridiculous that a single person took hostage not only Islamabad but the whole country as the entire nation remained engaged with the drama for more than five hours.” Piracha also saw a conspiracy behind the episode, saying when the whole world was discussing the massacre in Cairo wherein more than 2,500 people had been killed an individual diverted the attention and grabbed the TV screen. He said Skinder, the central character of the episode, should be dealt with according to the law of the land.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam leader Maulana Amjad Khan said the country’s religious parties were struggling for enforcement of Islam in a democratic way. He said, “Whosoever wants enforcement of Islam, should struggle in a democratic way. JUI believes in a democratic struggle. The Thursday’s incident was also a big question mark on the performance of the law-enforcement agencies, he added.

Rasheed Rizvi of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan said his party did not support any form of armed struggle for enforcement of Islam. He said the person had nothing to do with Islam, adding he had defamed Islam and the country as well. He asserted his party believed in the Constitution and ideological struggle under the political democratic system.