LAHORE (30 Dec 2014): Leader of Deobandi outfit Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Tahir Ashrafi has said that PUC expresses solidarity with the families of the victims of the Peshawar army school attack and demands that the government arrest the culprits and expose their backers. Without naming Taliban or ASWJ-LeJ, the PUC demanded that all kinds of armed groups and organisations be banned.
Tahir Ashrafi said Pakistan was going through a critical phase, “but no one can harm it”. He said Russia [when it attacked Afghanistan], shattered into pieces and now America was seeking a way out of the country. “If an Ahmadi is murdered, everybody points a finger at Deobandis but when Muslims are killed no one utters a single word in their favour,” he said. Deobandi scholars never urged anyone to kill Ahmadis, he said. “We believe in the Constitution of Pakistan.”
He said it was their responsibility to make Pakistan a truly Islamic state. Ashrafi said by associating 10 per cent seminaries with terrorism, it seemed as if the interior minister was trying to hit some seminaries. “Deobandis will never let that happen. There is peace in Pakistan because of seminaries,” he said.
Extract from the report published in The Express Tribune, December 31st, 2014.