Pakistanis Lambast Vice Quads

Pakistani scholars, politicians and lawyers were united, in their opposition to a controversial campaign by two religious seminaries to take Shari`ah implementation into their hands, warning this could be used to justify a government crackdown on madrasah

Pakistanis Lambast Vice Quads

Pakistani scholars, politicians andlawyers were united, in their opposition to a controversial campaign by tworeligious seminaries to take Shari`ahimplementation into their hands, warning this could be used to justify agovernment crackdown on madrasahs.

"Islam does not allow any individual to takethe law in his hand," MP Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan, a senior leader of thesix-party religious alliance, the Muttehida Majlis-a-Amal (MMA),

"If it is allowed, then every individual willstart enforcing Shari`ah in accordance withhis understanding, which will result in a total chaos."

The Jamia Faridia and Jamia Hafsa madrasahsannounced on Monday, April 2, they would act to enforce Shari`ahacross the Asian Muslim country.

They claimed the move was motivated by thegovernment's failure to fight prostitution and other crimes.

"We will start our Islamic revolution in Islamabad by launching acrackdown on CDs, DVDs and other secular activities," said Maulana AbdulAziz, who is in charge of the two madrasahs.

"The exercise will be extended to the NWFP andother areas at later stages. We have full support of madrasahs in variouscities," he claimed.

Abdul Aziz claimed that thousands of students wereready to sacrifice their lives to enforce Shari`ah.

"Islam does not allow any individual to takethe law in his hand even if the government does not fulfill itsresponsibilities," said Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, Chairman of the MoonSighting Committee.

"I agree that the government has failed tofulfill its responsibilities.., however there is still no place for violenceand force for implementation of Shari`ah."

On March 30, three women and a man were held byfemale students from the two madrasahs for allegedly running a brothel in amiddle-income bracket area of Islamabad.

The detainees were later released after"confessing" to their crime and promising to "abjure".


Muslim scholars warned that the controversialcampaign would backfire and give ammunition for the government to crack down onmadrasahs.

"Shari`ah cannever be enforced through such kind of campaigns," said MP Khan.

"This can not only make the mockery of Ulemaand madrasahs in the world, but will also provide an opportunity to the governmentto crack down on religious forces across the country," he maintained.

"The way adopted by the heads and students ofthese seminaries has paved the way for action against madrasahs in thecountry," agreed Mufti Muhammad Naeem, head of International Binori University.

"In my opinion, this is a calculated conspiracyto malign the madrasahs.

"By committing such kind of blunders, we aregiving message to common Muslims of Pakistan and rest of the world not to sendtheir children to madrasahs," he said.

There are around 12,000 madrasahs in Pakistan, oftenoffering free religious education and board for more than one million Pakistanichildren, especially in areas neglected by state education services.

Pakistan has recently placed madrasahs under close scrutiny amidaccusations of breeding extremism.

Altaf Hussain, leader of the Muttehida QaumiMovement (MQM), said using force t implement Shari`ahwould tarnish the image of Islam.

"Under Islamic jurisprudence no citizen has theright to take the law in his own hand, and those taking the law in their ownhands and subjecting citizens to atrocities in the name of Islam are in factdefaming Islam throughout the world."

Divert Attention

Qazi Hussein Ahmed, MMA President, accused thegovernment of instigating the move to divert attention away from the simmeringjudicial crisis.

"The government is involved in these incidentsso that the public attention can be diverted," he told IOL.

"This (seminaries' act) is polarization, andagainst the Islamic teachings.

"Such kind of incidents happen in a lawlesssociety. No one disagrees with the fact that there is no law in thecountry."

Pakistan has been plunged into a constitutional crisis sincePresident Prevez Musharraf suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudry on chargesof misconduct and misuse of authority.

"When Musharraf is not abiding by the law andthe constitution, how can we expect this from common citizens," said theMM leader.

Munir A Malik, President of the Supreme Court BarAssociation (SCBA), agreed.

"The government itself is involved in theseincidents," he told IOL, adding that he would not approve any acts wherebyindividuals take law by their hands.

"When there is a law of jungle in the country,then these things do happen."


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