LAHORE - The Jamiat Ulama-e-Pakistan, the World Pasbane Khatme Nabowat, the PML-N Ulam Mashaikh Wing and other religious parties yesterday held separate seminars on Tahafaz-e-Khtame Nabowat (Finality of Prophethood) in the city.

JUP president Pir Ijaz Hashmi, senior leader Qari Zawar Bahadur addressing the seminar at Jamia Muhammadia Rizwia Gulberg vowed to sacrifice their lives and property in defense of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Pir Hashmi claimed that some “so-called liberal intellectuals and leaders were trying to protect the Ahmadis against the latter’s conspiracies against the Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), which they said would never succeed.”

Ahmadis/Qadyanis were declared non-Muslims by the national assembly on September 7, 1974. Since then the religious parties in Pakistan has been marking the day. They were also banned for preaching their teachings and publishing materials.

Some international and local organisations/personalities have been terming the step as against the basic human rights. The religious scholars in Pakistan belonging to Brelivi, Deobandi, Ahlehadith and Shia school of thought, however, have been defending the then national assembly move terming it right move in the light of the teachings of Islam. They arrange sittings, seminars and rallies to mark the day on every September 7 and vowed to protect the finality of Prophethood (PBUH).

The sitting arranged by World Pasban Khtame Nabowat at Lahore Press Club was attended by the religious leaders belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulam-e-Islam, PPP-Shaheed Bhutto, JUP, PML-Q, Jamiat Ahlehadith, Tehreek-e-Haqooq-e-Jafria, Khaksar Tehreek, Ulam Mashaikh Council, Majlis-e-Ahrar and Aalmi Tehreek Khatme Nabowat.

The leader including Liaqat Baloch, Alama Mumtaz Awan and other pledged to resist proposed amendment in Tahafaz-e-Namose Risalat Act 295/C. The act declared death penalty for any blasphemy against Islam. The religious scholars claim that every government tried to amend the act under international pressure and some powerful pro-Qadyani lobbies in Pakistan.

PML-N Ulema Wing hailed the Punjab Assembly resolution against former Pakistan’s High Commissioner in London Wajid Shamsul Hassan. It is being said that Hassan had protected the Qadyanis in a statement.

“Punjab Assembly’s resolution against Wajid Shams is a voice of whole nation,” said the religious scholars of PML-N.