The LUBP has received the following statement via our friends on Facebook:
“There is HOPE!!!! Altaf Hussain has instructed all MQM workers to monitor Juma prayers khutbas all over Karachi. If any cleric is guilty of inciting hatred and violence, the worker must check openly him then and there, report him and leave the mosque. This is just one step the MQM has taken among several to curb …extremism and lawlessness which will be revealed later. Yayyyyyy! Mullah gardi naheen chalay gi. I request you all to copy paste this status and spread it as far as possible.”
The LUBP team feels that this initiative should be widely supported, especially by the PPP and ANP. Furthermore, this is the time when bridges should be built between political parties and liberal members of civil society groups such as Citizens for Democracy which has been spearheading efforts to take a stand against extremists.
Some of its members have seized the day by such initiatives going to the Darakhshan Police Station to lodge a complaint against Sultan Mosque cleric Munir Ahmed Shakir for provoking people’s sentiments and inciting violence during his Friday sermon.
The PPP has to realize that its muted stance has disappointed its supporters all over the country and it must support and protect civil society groups that are taking a stand against extremists. This is a welcome initiative by Citizens for Democracy and LUBP supports it. Here is their facebook page.