Punjab CM announces weeklong Eid-i-Milad celebrations
Buzdar also unveils Rs500m Reahmtul-Lil-Alameen Scholarships for students
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Tuesday said the Punjab government will mark a week for Shan-e-Rehmatallil Alameen (SAW) in connection with Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH), reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Addressing a news conference in Lahore, Usman Buzdar while condemning the offensive caricatures said the western countries should understand that a Muslim can sacrifice his life but can never tolerate anything against the beloved Prophet (PBUH).
He condemned the replication of blasphemous cartoons in the name of freedom of expression in France and other countries. “Such disrespectful illustrations in the name of freedom of expression are completely unacceptable and we demand the United Nations to ban the disrespectful caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)) and other prophets across the world,” Buzdar said.
“If we talk about the holocaust that hurts someone's feelings, then why are the feelings of two billion Muslims being hurt again and again,” the Punjab Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister demanded that OIC and other organizations should also express their full reaction to this so that no one has the courage to do it again. “In order to respond to this shocking act in France and the condemnable statement of the French President, the Punjab government has decided that every year in Rabi-ul-Awwal a week will be celebrated at the official level.”
A ministerial committee has been constituted to mark the weeklong celebrations. The committee members are: provincial minister Auqaf Pir Syed Saeed ul Hasan Shah and Special Assistant to Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan.
Usman Buzdar said he will monitor all the arrangements himself.
Buzdar also announced an initial grant of Rs500 million for ‘Reahmtul-Lil-Alameen Scholarship’ for the position-holder students as well as needy, poor and deserving students, and this scholarship grant would be enhanced substantially in the month of Rabiul Awwal every year.
Pir Syed Saeedul Hasan Shah, Special Assistant on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Additional Chief Secretary Local Government, Secretary Information and Relative Authorities were also present on this occasion.