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Govt committed to take all clerics on board: Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri

29 April, 2019

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Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri has brushed aside all assumptions regarding government intentions to close down religious schools and said the government is committed to take all clerics on board for promotion of diversity and tolerance and making Pakistan an Islamic welfare state.

In his key note address at the eighth meeting of the National Islamic Scholars Council here on Sunday at a local hotel, the minister urged ulema to influence and guide the government for establishment of Riasat-e-Madina. Admiring the religious leadership for streamlining national religious thought through Paigham-e-Pakistan Conference, the minister urged ulema and scholars to refrain from becoming part of any negative propaganda. He said nothing like closure of madaris in the country is under consideration and the students and teachers must not come under the influence of such negative and baseless rumours.

The minister said the government will take all ulema and religious scholars on board to transform Pakistan into a country ensuring protection to all religious minorities, adding that the ulema should play an effective role for promotion of unity and understanding in the society. He emphasized upon the need to discourage violence and hatred through scholarly discourse and constructive discussions.

Qadri said the clerics should help people resolve their issues in the light of Islamic teachings. He said ulema have a role to play for maintaining lasting peace and protection of the homeland. He said all schools of thought should spread the Islamic teachings with wisdom and good advice. He also appreciated the organizers for holding such a conference wherein ulema and scholars from across the country participated.

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