LAHORE - The Shia Ulema Council leaders have rejected all the codes of conduct formulated recently or in the past, and said there is no need of any approval for holding majalis and processions. “There is no need of any new legislation on the basis of any code of conduct,” they added.  Addressing a news conference at the Press Club here Tuesday, the SUC Punjab leaders including Allama Mazhar Abbas Alvi, Hafiz Kazim Raza Naqvi, Maulana Ejaz Hussain Mehdi, Maulana Ali Mehdi, Maulana Sajjad Hussain, Allama Hassan Mehdi, Asif Zaidi, Mehboob Ali Rizvi and Ali Imran Alvi said that the culprits involved in the killing of religious leaders are not being punished. They said that the government was not serious in taking action against those who are openly chanting hatred slogans and igniting sectarian violence.

Condemning the killing of Allama Nasir Abbas, they said that the incidents of target killing of religious leaders are on the rise in Punjab. They termed such incidents as a conspiracy against the country. They demanded the government to arrest the killers of Allama Nasir.  To a query, they said that the procession of chehlum would be carried out on its traditional route in Rawalpindi. They said that innocent people are being arrested in connection with the Rawalpindi incident. They asked the government to take action against the extremists who became the reason of the incident.