Pakistani Islamist group: plan to close madressas shows that gov’t in hands of “secular rulers who act at the behest of their Jewish masters”

Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, leader of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl

KARACHI: Leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on Thursday staged a rally to protest against what they called a move to ban madressahs in Sindh and said they would establish seminaries at the Bilawal House and the Sindh chief minister’s home in Khairpur “if needed”.

A large number of people — most of them belonging to the seminaries of Karachi — gathered near the Gurumandir roundabout, walked for a few furlongs and staged a demonstration. The organisers alleged that the government did not allow them to march towards the Tibet Centre, where most political and religious parties often hold their rallies.

The speakers threatened the government of grave consequences in their speeches, prompting the participants in the rally to chant slogans. They claimed that the country was in the hands of “secular rulers who acted at the behest of their Jewish masters”.

Maulana Ataur Rehman, a JUI-F leader and younger brother of the party’s chief, said the Sindh government’s plans would never materialise as such plans had been envisaged in the past as well and thwarted.

He asked the Sindh government to review its plans and claimed that what the government and its provincial assembly were doing was against Islam and the 1973 constitution…