On Thursday, a delegation of clerics had a meeting with the Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah. In the meeting, the clerics assured to provide complete support to the provincial government as CM Sindh announced a complete lockdown from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm on Friday.
CM Sindh announces complete lockdown on Friday
In a meeting with Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman and scholars from different sects, the CM Sindh said: “I thank all the ulemas for cooperating with us so far. Hopefully, on Saturday, as agreed with the federal government, new SOPs will be drafted for the mosques.”
Religious leaders convinced to back mosque congregation restrictions tomorrow (Friday) – pending a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday to work out SOPs moving forward.
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CM Sindh further added: “Everything will be closed during the lockdown, while mosques will remain open for a limited congregation.”
Shah also assured that Sindh Police will not take strict measures against individuals going to mosques during the lockdown.
He said: “I have told police to not take strict measures against people going into mosques during the lockdown. In the meantime, I appeal to the public to cooperate. The masses should refrain from praying in the mosques.”
Mufti Muneeb supports PM Imran’s nationwide lockdown
Earlier on Wednesday, Muneeb-ur-Rehman said that Pakistani clerics are averse to spreading chaos within the country. This was a day after Mufti Muneeb announced that measures related to lockdown would not be directly applicable to mosques throughout Pakistan.
Mufti Muneeb supported PM Imran Khan’s decision to extend the nationwide lockdown while speaking to Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Noor-ul-Haq Qadri. Mufti Muneeb also added that the ulema will discuss a future roadmap for congregational prayers.
Noor-ul-Haq Qadri invited Mufti Muneeb to attend a meeting on April 18 where a joint decision over Friday prayers and Itikaf during Ramadhan will be taken.
Mufti Muneeb did criticize Sindh police for arresting the individuals going to mosques during the lockdown. He highlighted that the Sindh government had revoked their promise of not arresting any individual that goes to the mosque during the lockdown.
Mufti Muneeb said “Decisions should not be taken in haste. Rather, they should be based on reason, he said. “We are ready to hear reasonable suggestions while standing firm on our principles.”
“There is no problem pertaining to any religious or worldly issue that does not have an agreeable and practical solution,” he said.
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