LAHORE - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday paid a visit to Jamia Ashrafia and expressed his condolence on the death of Maulana Abdul Rehman Ashrafi, the Jamia administrator. He also offered Fateha for the departed soul. Talking to a small group of clerics on this occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said the late Maulana was a great religious scholar and had earned a great respect in the country as well as abroad. The chief minister said: Im deeply grieved over Maulana Abdul Rehman Ashrafis death. The late Abdul Rehman Ashrafi was a highly respectable personality of the Muslim Ummah and a source of knowledge, he added. The CM said that efforts made by Rehman Ashrafi for the promotion of Islamic teachings, Ittehad Bainul Muslimeen, religious harmony and brotherhood will always be remembered. He said that the need for unity and mutual brotherhood of the Millate Islamia was more than ever now. By acting upon the teachings of Holy Prophet (PBUH), the problems like poverty, injustice and inequality can be overcome. Members Provincial Assembly Mian Hafiz Nauman and Dr. Saeed Elahi were also present on this occasion. Earlier, talking on the occasion, Maulana Fazlur Rahim, the brother of the late cleric, said that the enemies of country were spreading sectarianism in the country and late Maulana Abdul Rehman Ashrafi made concrete efforts for the unity of Muslims. He paid rich tributes to the Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on his efforts for the promotion of Ittehad Bain-ul-Muslimeen, mutual love, brotherhood and tolerance and added that the chief minister has always served as a bridge between all schools of thought.