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Tahir Ashrafi is a moderate and progressive cleric but a sinister campaign was launched to delegitimize him – by Raza Rumi

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Raza Rumi writes: “It is time to engage with clerics like Tahir Ashrafi and get them to join the struggle for a moderate and progressive Pakistan. Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, Chairman of Pakistan Ulema Council (an apex body of country wide religious scholars) led a vigorous campaign on this issue and in my several meetings and conversations with him I was impressed by the remarkable clarity with which he stood by this non-Muslim child… Ashrafi is a brave exception but he also paid for it as a sinister campaign against him was launched to delegitimize him. It is never too late to remind the survival-obsessed civilian governments to institute some of these measures. More importantly, it is time to engage with thinking clerics like Ashrafi and get them to join the struggle for a moderate and progressive Pakistan”
– Raza Rumi, Director of Jinnah Institute, Editor of The Friday Times.

A version of this article appeared in The Friday Times November 23-29, 2012 – Vol. XXIV, No. 41

Urdu translation:

مولانا طاہر اشرفی صاحب ایک اعتدال پسند اور ترقی پسند عالم دین ہیں پاکستان کی ترقی اور فلاحی کے لیے ایسے بہادر، معتدل علما سے رابطہ رکھنے کی ضرورت ہے نفرت کرنے والے سازشی عناصر مولانا اشرفی کے خلاف جھوٹا پرا پیگنڈا کر کے ان کی شہرت کو نقصان پہنچانے کی کوشش کر رہے ہیں – رضا رومی، ڈائریکٹر جناح انسٹیٹیوٹ و مدیر دی فرائڈے ٹائمز

http://www.jinnah-institute.org/programs/open-democracy-initiative/574-rimshas-acquittal-a-new-beginning

Video: Tahir Ashrafi’s hate speech against Ahmadiyya Muslims and incitement to violence against Shahbaz Bhatti Shaheed.

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