Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Muhammad Yousaf has said that the federal government was making an all-out effort to introduce interest-free banking system compliant with the Islamic Shariah in the country by taking all the stakeholders into confidence.

Addressing a thanksgiving ceremony held here the Sialkot-based Hujaaj, he said that the government had sought effective and positive suggestions in this regard.

He said that interest-free banking system would be in accordance with the Shariah, adding that the government would also welcome the private sector participation in the proposed interest-free banking. The government was actively working on the issue, he claimed.

A special committee headed by Mufti Muneebur Rehman was also working on the issue, he noted. He said that the government would also establish soon Quran Board and Quran Complex in Islamabad to promote the Teachings of the Quran, which has complete code of life. He said that the government was also intending to introduce a Salaat System in the country, which would be agreed upon by all in active cooperation with Ulema and Mashaikh.

He said that the promotion of interfaith harmony was also the top priority of the government for ensuring peace, tolerance, love and unity in the society. He added that the government was also ensuring religious freedom to the minorities, besides, protecting the rights of minority communities.

He announced early establishment of Haji Camp at Sialkot, saying that the government was striving to remove all the flaws in the Haj policy and ensuring further simplification in the Haj process. He said that now the Haj process had been purged of corruption, and the government was providing maximum facilities to the Haj pilgrims in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in active collaboration with the Saudi government.

CLINICS SEALED: The Health Department’s special teams have sealed six private clinics for using veterinary medicines on human beings, besides, challaning 25 medical stores for selling the expired and unauthorised medicines.

These teams conducted raids in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Uggoki, Pasrur, Badiana, Chawinda and surrounding areas, during ongoing vigorous anti-quackery operation in Sialkot district.

According to the Sialkot District Health Officer Dr. Javaid Warraich, noose has been tightened around quacks who have been playing with the precious lives. He said that the special teams were sealing the clinics of the quacks, besides, taking stern legal action against them.