Urges Ulema to pro­mote na­tional har­mony

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IS­LAM­ABAD: Call­ing for sweep­ing Madras­sah (sem­i­nary) re­forms, Pak­istan Tehreek-e-In­saf (PTI) leader Im­ran Khan Wed­nes­day pinned the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing so­cio-polit­coeco­nomic plight of the coun­try on the politi­cians, judges, and gen­er­als alike.

"Pak­istan was sup­posed to be­come an Is­lamic wel­fare state but un­for­tu­nately it did not as a small frac­tion of the pop­u­la­tion is loot­ing na­tional wealth, Khan told a Ule­maMashaikh (cler­ics) con­ven­tion or­ga­nized by PTI here.

He said the cler­ics should raise voice against the in­jus- tices like that of vote fraud by the means of which the sit­ting govern­ment came to power.

"I have seen a lot of peo­ple, who do pol­i­tics in the name of re­li­gion, sell­ing them­selves out, but a per­son of true faith is not a sold-out. No one can buy his con­science with money. And Is­lam is all about jus­tice and zero sub­ju­ga­tion," Khan said.

Adding to his state­ment, Khan called on the govern­ment to up­date the syl­labi in Madras­sahs (sem­i­nar­ies) on top of pro­vid­ing them with fa­cil­i­ties/con­ces­sions as at least 2.4 mil­lion chil­dren were study­ing there.

Im­ran Khan said Ulema and re­li­gious schol­ars have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity to bring the whole na­tion at one plat­form. He said cler­ics and re­li­gious schol­ars had not played the role, they were sup­posed to raise voice against tyranny and op­pres­sion in so­ci­ety.

He called for Ulema's role in preach­ing true mes­sage and mean­ing of Is­lam. "Is­lam is all about hu­man­ity and jus­tice", he said.

Im­ran Khan said the en­tire na­tion has to unite against ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism. He said un­for­tu­nately name of Is­lam was be­ing used for sec- tar­ian killing and vi­o­lence and asked Ulema to play their role in pro­mot­ing sec­tar­ian har­mony.

"No­body has the right to de­clare any­body a non-be­liever." He said no re­li­gion could be in­sulted on the pre­text of free­dom of speech. "The French pub­li­ca­tion oc­curred due to the neg­li­gence of Mus­lim lead­ers.

The West does not know the ex­tent we love the THE Holy Prophet Muham­mad (PBUH). He said that Mus­lim lead­ers should unit­edly con­vey mes­sage to the West that they

See # 14 Page 11 IS­LAM­ABAD: The Ja­panese govern­ment will pro­vide grant aid of US$19 mil­lion (1,934,000,000 Yen) to Pak­istan for two projects aim­ing at im­prov­ing se­cu­rity at sea­ports and sav­ing en­ergy in wa­ter sup­ply sys­tem.

The bi­lat­eral agree­ments for De­tailed De­sign Por­tion of the Project for En­ergy Sav­ing in Wa­ter Sup­ply Sys­tem in La­hore and the Project for Se­cu­rity Im­prove­ment in Karachi Port and Port Qasim were signed by Sec­re­tary Eco­nomic Af­fairs Divi­sion, Muham­mad Saleem Sethi and Ja­panese Am­bas­sador, Hiroshi Ino­mata in pres­ence of Fi­nance Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Ishaq Dar.

Agree­ment on the de­tails of im­ple­men­ta­tion of these projects were signed be­tween Chief Rep­re­sen­ta­tive JICA and Joint Sec­re­tary EAD, syed Mu­jtaba Hus­sain.

Ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment, the projects would be im­ple­mented through Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Agency (JICA).

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Fi­nance Min­is­ter, Mo­hamamd Ishaq Dar said that Pak­istan was look­ing for­ward to en­hance bi­lat­eral eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion with Ja­pan.

He thanked Ja­panese govern­ment for the projects say­ing that this would help strengthen the bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

The min­is­ter said that Yamaha mo­tor­cy­cle com­pany would start its mo­tor­cy­cle pro­duc­tion in Pak­istan by the April end and this co­op­er­a­tion would also bring the two coun­tries closer on eco­nomic and trade front.

It is per­ti­nent to men­tion here that the project for en­ergy sav­ing in wa­ter sup­ply sys­tem in La­hore will con­trib­ute to en­ergy sav­ing of the wa­ter sup­ply fa­cil­i­ties and restora­tion of wa­ter pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity through re­place­ment of pump­ing equip­ment. Co­op­er­a­tion

About 105 de­te­ri­o­rated un­der­ground wa­ter pumps will be re­placed with the lat­est pumps while for im­prov­ing op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance of the tube wells, en­ergy au­dit in­stru­ments will be in­tro­duced.

Un­der the project for Se­cu­rity Im­prove­ment in Karachi Port and Port Qasim, three units of gantry type X-ray con­tainer in­spec­tion equip­ment will be in­stalled in the two ports.

In ad­di­tion to this, one unit of mo­bile type X-ray con­tainer in­spec­tion equip­ment will be in­stalled for backup of the gantry type and other ex­ist­ing X- ray in­spec­tion equip­ment.

The project will not only con­trib­ute to im­prove­ment public se­cu­rity, but would also help in ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient cus­toms clear­ance of con­tainer car­goes in ac­cor­dance with the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Ja­panese Am­bas­sador Hiroshi Ino­mata said that dur­ing the

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