LAHORE - Provincial Minister for Law and Local Government Rana Sanaullah Khan said that an ulema council will be set up to eliminate religious hatred in the province.

This was stated by the Law Minister while chairing a meeting to review progress into investigation of Rawalpindi tragedy and promotion of religious tolerance here Sunday.

The Law Minister said that the ulema council would be set up soon after Local Government (LG) polls comprising religious leaders from all schools of thought which would formulate recommendations to resolve differences among various sects and end religious hatred, adding that the ulema council would be functional before the next Moharramul Haram.

Terming the Rawalpindi incident a conspiracy against national unity, he said that ulema showed wisdom after the Rawalpindi tragedy which averted the worst situation.

He said that culprits would be brought to justice and severe punishments would be awarded to those who were involved in the Rawalpindi tragic incident.

Rana Sanaullah said that ulema are reformers of the society and they should create an atmosphere of love, restraint and tolerance amongst the masses.

He said that ulema should maintain moderation and balance in their speeches, adding that it was necessary for Ulema to play an active role for maintenance of law and order.

The law minister constituted a 3-member committee comprising Commissioner Rawalpindi, RPO Rawalpindi and Additional IG CTD to look into the genuine grievances of the ulema regarding the arrest of some persons in connection with the Rawalpindi incident.

Provincial Minister for Environment Col.® Shuja Khanzada was also present during the meeting.