LAHORE - The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam - Fazl, the Jamaat-e-Islami, the JUI-Sami, the JUI-senior, both factions of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, Markazi Jamiat Ahlehadith, Tehrik-e-Islami Pakistan (Fiqa Jafria), Majlis-e-Ahrar, Tehrik-e-Tahafaz-e-Khatm-e-Nabowat, heads of different religious seminaries and religious scholars have unanimously rejected 21st Amendment in the Constitution of Pakistan.

The leaders of these parties at a national conference held at Aiwan-e-Iqbal under the banner of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl on Thursday announced to make a strategy for forcing government to undo the amendment. They declared the religious seminaries as ideological fronts of Pakistan and vowed to render every sacrifice for their protection.

JUI-F head Maulana Fazlur Rehman presided over the conference and announced that the religious parties would unanimously make a strategy for pushing government to undo the 21st Amendment.

He said the government and establishment linked the religion with terrorism after the amendment which, according to him, was done on the direction of West and secular lobby.

“Islam and Muslims are going through a testing time. We, by holding this conference at national level, are giving a message of unity to people of Pakistan, students and scholars of religious seminaries. We are standing firm to save the country from secularism,” he announced.

Maulana Fazl said that religious parties and seminaries did not believe in fighting with guns but they were advocating peace and harmony. Without naming the Pakistan Army, Maulana said every Pakistani knew that who gave guns in the hands of youth to fight war in Afghanistan and after that in Kashmir. He said that West created the terrorists and wanted new geographical divide of the world. Fazl smelled a rat behind passage of 21st Amendment. The move made by the assembly, he added, had shaken the unity of nation which was a result of brutal attack of terrorists on Army Public School Peshawar.

“We are ready to hold dialogue with the government on this issue. We don’t demand now to skip the word of religion from the amendment rather we are only asking government to add spreading biasness in the name of religion, provincialism, language and race as terrorism and crime,” he held.

JI secretary general Liaquat Baloch asked the justification behind hanging of people involved in attack on Musharraf who, he added, was a culprit. He said the accused were not given right to defend themselves and people of Pakistan did not know the details of their cases and trial. The 21st Amendment was made controversial by linking the religion with terrorism, he added.

He read the Lahore Declaration on occasion in which the all parties unanimously condemned the blasphemous act of French magazine in the name of right to freedom of expression. The parties condemned the attack on APS Peshawar and declared that no Muslim and even no human being could do such act of barbarism against innocent lives. It said the power had been shifted from parliament to another place after the passage of the 21st Amendment. The government had been warned not to amend any Islamic clause in the Constitution of Pakistan.

Maulana Samiul Haq of JUI-S, Maulana Awais Noorani of JUP, Maulana Abual Khair Zubair of JUP-S, Senator Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Maulana Allah Wasaya of Tehrik-e-Tahafuz-e-Khatm-e-Nabowat, Professor Sajid Mir, Syed Ataul Momin of Majlis-e-Ahrar, Allama Ramzan Tauqeer of Tehreek-e-Islami and others were among the main speakers.