PM tasks Rasheed with keeping madrassa students away from PDM protest

By: News Desk      Published: 05:37 PM, 14 Jan, 2021
PM tasks Rasheed with keeping madrassa students away from PDM protest

The government has decided to stop madrassa students from participating in the Pakistan Democratic Movements (PDM) protest and for this Prime Minister Imran Khan has tasked the Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed to handle the situation, reported 24NewsHD TV channel quoting its sources.

The TV channel reported the government has completed consultations to bar religious seminaries from participating in the anti-government PDM protest.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid will have an important meeting with the religious scholars on Friday (tomorrow) and will take them into confidence on the government's policy.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that politics cannot be allowed under the guise of religion, the TV channel reported.

It is pertinent to note that the anti-government movement of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), an alliance of eleven opposition parties, announced a protest in front of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on January 19.

PDM President Maulana Fazlur Rehman has demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan by January 31 and has announced a possible long march at an appropriate time if DPM demands would not meet.

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid chaired an important meeting with the federal ministers Asad Umar, Information Minister Shibli Faraz, Defense Minister Pervez Khattak and Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry participated in the meeting.

Later, addressing the press conference with four other ministers, Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed has said he and Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri are in touch with the heads of religious seminaries.

Although the minister made it clear that the government would not be obstructing the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) protest on January 19, in the same breath, however, he also conveyed to the opposition sit-ins were not allowed everywhere. He hoped that the PDM leaders would not take law into their own hands.

Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Farogh Naseem said everybody had the right to protest as per the Supreme Court orders.

“Imran Khan will never accept Israel and do not even think that the PTI government is un-Islamic people,” Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed further said.

He said while PTI had given details to the court in foreign funding cases, PPP and PML-N had yet to do so. He advised Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman to think