LAHORE - Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) has decried the statement of Federal Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan that 10 per cent of seminaries are, somehow, involved in carrying out terrorism in the country.

On the contrary, the council claimed that the Madrassas registered under Wafaqul Madaras Alarabia have nothing to do with terrorism. “Why don’t you (Ch Nisar) publicly name those Madrassas which are involved in terrorism?” questioned Tahir Ashrafi while concluding Paigham-e-Aslaaf Conference at Alhamra Hall on Tuesday.

“As people are suspecting every Madrassa in the country following the minister’s statement, the council demands from him to openly talk about those ’10 per cent Madrassas’,” Ashrafi continued.

He also condemned the Peshawar massacre which took 142 lives, saying that terrorists had declared war against the ideology of Islam and Pakistan. “If any madrasa (religious seminary), functioning under our network, will be found involved in any sort of terror activity, we will personally take action against them,” said Ashrafi.

The PUC also announced to mark 2015 as the year of peace, equity, love, forbearance, dialogue, and end to terrorism, extremism and sectarianism.

The PUC chairman said the term of Jihad was not meant for killing children and women. It was all about upholding justice and peace, he said, warning that the propaganda against Islam in shape of such so-called ‘Jihad’ would not be tolerated.

However, he promised all the participants of the conference that the PUC would continue their campaign of making 2015 the year of peace. He also vowed that the campaign on rights and life of female children would also be revived.

Pakistan Ulema Council would call scholars from Muslim World and including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and India in the country and would defend all propaganda being created against Islam, he announced.Ashrafi urged the Muslim leaders to determine a course of action in the light of the teaching of holy Quran and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for guiding Muslim youth.

During the conference, seven different resolutions were unanimously passed with the support of hundreds of participants of the conference. The first resolution demanded strict action against terrorists involved in Peshawar incident. The second resolution was about domestic and foreign policies of the country, with an appeal that it should be reviewed for the larger interest of the nation. In third resolution, PUC announced that Islam was a religion of peace and it had nothing to do with terrorism.

The fourth resolution stated that the rights of minorities should be protected.

The fifth resolution condemned the campaign of a particular segment against seminaries while the sixth resolution urged the authorities concerned for inter-faith harmony and inter-sectarian dialogue.

The seventh and last resolution stressed upon the authorities to recognise equal values and the rights of every citizen in accordance with the Constitution of Pakistan.

Hundreds of students and teachers of different seminaries took part in the conference. PUC central leader Dr Ahmad Ali Siraj, Maulana Abdul Karim Khanpur, Maulana Abdul Haq, Peer Saif Khalid were also present on the occasion while Maulana Abdul Hafeez Makki, a scholar from Saudi Arabia, also took part in the conference.