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
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
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