Pak religious parties unhappy over ban on tableeghi jamaats
Last Updated: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 21:34
Lahore: Pakistan's religious parties are unhappy with the army for banning the activities of 'tableeghi jamaats' or Islamic preaching groups in cantonments across the country, saying the move goes against Islamic, legal and constitutional rights.

Following a string of terrorist attacks against the security forces, particularly the storming of the PNS Mehran naval airbase in Karachi on May 22, the army slapped a ban on the activities of tableeghi jamaats as officials believed the groups were fanning extremism.

In a letter sent to the Lahore Corps Commander, Jamaat-e-Islami leader Arshad Majeed said that restrictions on the freedom of expression and movement and such preaching activities might be challenged in court.

Majeed said the public could be mobilised and other constitutional and legal means could be used to oppose the army's decision.

Majeed argued that only Islamic movements could steer Pakistan out of the quagmire it is currently in as Islam is the only force that can keep the country united.

"Establishment of an Islamic government is the only solution to the problems facing the country on the economic, political, external and military fronts.

"To avert army dictatorships (in future), save the army from weaknesses and ideological training of its jawans, it is necessary to take benefit from the literature and training system of Islamic movements," he said.

The Jamaat-e-Islami said it hoped that the army officer would reject pressure from elements desiring a ban on the work of the tableeghi jamaats in cantonments and other military locations.


First Published: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 21:34

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