Urges Ulema to promote national harmony
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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