ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi called upon the Ulema and religious scholars to play their role in defusing the tense situation in the country amid the outlawed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) protests by promoting Islam’s true message of peace.
The president expressed these views during a consultative meeting with a delegation of Ahle-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat led by the Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-ul-Haq Qadri in the capital, said Radio Pakistan.
The meeting deliberated upon various options to address the current situation peacefully and emphasised resolving the matter through negotiations.
The government on Friday had said that the option to hold negotiations with the outlawed Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), protesting over the detention of its leader, was still on the table, however, no one would be allowed to challenge the writ of the state.
President Alvi told the Ulema that the present government raised its voice against Islamophobia and for the sanctity of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at all international forums and effectively advocated the stance.
While discussing the outlawed TLP protests in the country, the Ulema stressed that violence would negatively impact the image of the country as well as the religion of Islam.
Ulema and scholars also offered their cooperation in ending the government-TLP standoff, urging both sides to settle the issue through dialogue.
Earlier, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Interfaith Harmony and the Middle East and Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi had said that the ‘Ulema Council’ had contacted scholars of all schools of thought, and was trying to resolve the issues through an understanding.
“Violence is not a solution to any problem. Efforts are being made to resolve issues through dialogue,” Ashrafi had said in a statement.