President Dr Arif Alvi Friday sought Ulema’s help in diffusing the ongoing tense situation in the country due to the protests by proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) that has disrupted life in several Punjab cities.
The president made these remarks in a consultative meeting with a delegation of Ulema of Ahle-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat from different districts across the country led by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-ul Haq-Qadri, here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
The consultative meeting at the President House had taken place after a National Security Committee huddle in Islamabad unanimously resolved to guard the sovereignty of the state from all internal and external threats and to not allow the proscribed outfit to challenge its writ in any way.
Speaking to the religious leaders, President Alvi said Ulema have always played a significant role in providing moral and religious guidance to people besides standing with the state in difficult times.
The meeting deliberated upon various options to address the current situation peacefully and emphasised on resolving the matter through negotiations.
He said the present government raised the voice against Islamophobia and for the sanctity of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) at all international fora and effectively advocated the stance of Muslims.
He mentioned that the government also set up the Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen Authority, which would promote the glowing teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and guide the nation to follow His footsteps for success in this life and hereafter.
Dr Alvi said Islam is a religion of peace and urges mankind to practice brotherhood and tolerance. It also stresses upon protecting the lives and property of each other and discourages acts of violence, he added.
During the meeting, Ulema expressed concern over the reports of violence causing harm to the lives and property of the general public.
They stressed that violence would negatively impact the image of the country as well as the religion of Islam and offered their support and services to resolve the situation peacefully and in an amicable way.