LAHORE  - As many as 30 Muftis belonging to Sunni Ittehad Council (SIT) have said in a joint declaration that as per Sharia it is govt’s duty to shoot down drones and stop Nato supplies to protect sovereignty of the country.

In a press release issued here on Thursday, the Muftis said that government was bound by Sharia and Constitution to protect the countrymen. They said the US had attacked on Pakistan through drones and that’s why government should come forward to stop the Nato supplies and shoot down drones in order to avoid the anarchy.

They said government should detach itself from US war. It is obligation of the state to protect every inch of the land, they said. If the government did not fulfill its obligation, it would result in anxiety and restlessness in the country.

The Mufits also said in their joint declaration that it was the responsibly and duty of the government to tackle terrorists in the tribal areas. They said the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan should be sealed so that unlawful commutation could be stopped and the private armed struggle and militancy should be eliminated by force. They said if the government failed to do so, everyone would be forced to become armed for his protection.

These Muftis include Allama Muhammad Sharif, Mufti Muhammad Akbar Rizvi, Allama Hamid Sarfraz, Mufti Muhammad Saeed Rizvi Allama Ammar Saeed Sulemani, Allama Pir Muhammad Athar al Qadri, Mufti Younis Rizvi and others.



Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawwar Hassan stressed upon the govt to immediately announce stoppage of the Nato supplies and pull out of the US-led war in accordance with the sentiments of the masses.

In a statement issued here Thursday, he said the masses all over the country are protesting against the Nato supplies and the rulers should not fight with their own people. He said the US arms and ammunition going to Kabul through Pakistani roads are being used in terror activities in tribal areas and cities besides Afghanistan.

Munawwar said that for the last 12 years, Pakistan had been an ally of the US in the so-called war on terror, which was actually a combat against Islam, and had been a party in the killing of innocent Muslims.

He said Pakistan had not gained any thing in this war. On the other hand, it had incurred financial losses to the tune of 100 billion dollars besides losing its image in the comity of the nations and also put its independence and sovereignty at stake, he said.

However, the JI chief further said, that instead of giving any weight to Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war, the US was busy destabilising the country. He said, in the past, Pakistan never felt the need for having an army on the Afghan border, as Islamabad’s relations with the neighbouring country had faced a severe dent.

The US aggression was increasing day by day and Nato troops were intruding in Pakistan’s north western borders every day and attacking tribal people. Therefore, it was high time that the government gave up slavish attitude and pull out of the US war.

Munawwar expressed the hope that new Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif would keep the armed forces away from politics, following the footsteps of his forerunner and also pay his full attention to strengthening the army as an institution. He said that Pakistan is passing through a critical era of its history.

On one hand, the country was burning in the war on terror started by the US while on the other hand, India and Israel have their eyes on the country’s nuclear assets, he said and added that Pakistani nation rightfully hoped from the armed forces to strengthen the country’s defence for meeting every challenge.

Meanwhile, JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch said that the present rulers had completely disappointed the masses by accepting the US dictation as was done by Pervez Musharraf and Asif Zardari. He said the politicians obtained power in the name of the people but after coming into power, their hearts and arms worked for the aliens. He said the enemies of Islam and Pakistan are working on the agenda of dividing the Pakistani nation into sects and factions and groups.

The IMF, World Bank, US Aid and British Aid and other NGOs are dictating the rulers that the education system in the country would be of their choice. He called for a uniform education system all over the country to strengthen national unity.

He paid tributes to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for the independence of judiciary and supremacy of the rule of law and Constitution. He also welcomed General Raheel Sharif as the new army chief and hoped that the military head would utilise his capabilities for facing the challenges.