Sindh Chief Minister meets Shia Ulemas

Ministries Press Release

Karachi, October 03, 2016 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that to maintain peace, tranquillity and law and order during the holy month of Moharramul Harram, particularly from 1 to 10 Moharram was his top priority. Therefore, he has held a number of meetings with ulemas of different school of thought to develop censuses to implement code of conduct worked out in consultation with religious scholars and the government. This he said while presiding over a meeting of Shia Ulemas here at the CM House today. The meeting was attended by Dr Qayoom Soomro, IG Police AD Khwaja, Additional IGs, Dr Sanaullah A Home Secretary Riaz Hussain Soomro.

Allama Abbas Kumeli, Allama Ali Akbar Naqvi, Allama Maqsood Domki, Shabbar Raza, Jafer Turani and others. The ulemas raised some issues such a prolonged load-shedding, dilapidated roads, water shortage and over flowing gutters, NOCs for new juloos, and taking out names of some of their ulemas/zakir from IV schedule. The chief minister said that he was going to Islamabad to attend National Action Plan meeting tomorrow.

He assured them that he would take up the issue of load-shedding with federal minister for Water and Power to exempt the cities and towns from load-shedding during 1 to 10 Moharram. “I am sure it would be done, he said and directed Commissioner Karachi to hold a meeting with water board and ensure provision of water to majalis areas and repair chocked gutter system. He said that the permission for new mourners procession could not be allowed during this Muharram but from next Muharram they would be accommodated.

“It become our ultimate responsibility to provide security to majalis and jaloos, therefore new jaloos may not be taken during the Moharram and Inshallah we would adjust them in our security plan in the next Moharram,” he assured. Talking about loud speaker usage, the chief minister said that there was no ban on using loud speakers when a Zakir delivers his khutba but playing a recorded speech on tape recorder is not allowed. This may be avoided.

The ulemas assured the chief minister of their support and cooperation. The chief minister directed his special assistant on Religious Affairs, Dr Qayoom Soomro to coordinate with the Ulemas of Shia community and process some of their recommended names of ulemas to remove them from the list of Schedule -IV.

“We cannot put leading ulemas on the schedule -IV, let them address majalis,” he said and directed IG police to consider them. ON the directives of the chief minister the Religious Affairs Department has set up a Coordination/Complaint Cell with land lines No. 021-99217343, 021-99217343 and personal number of Dr Qayoom Soomro 03028551245 to receive complaints.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Abdul Rasheed Channa,
Press Secretary,
Chief Minister House, Sindh
Tel: +92-21-99202019 (Ext: 336)