-Says Muslims live in fear due to violent attacks by right wing Hindu nationalists
-Argues Hindutva inspired Modi-led govt placed restrictions on religious freedom
-Sheer human rights violation
MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi slammed BJP, the ruling Indian party for targeting its Muslims minority by framing multiple legislation and placing restrictions on their religious freedom which was sheer human rights violation.
Addressing closing ceremony of Hazrat Bahuddin Zakariya Multani on Friday, he said Muslims of India were compelled to live under particular ideology of Hindutva and frequently subjected to violent attacks by right wing Hindu nationalists.
He expressed regret that a large number of Indian devotees, especially Rajasthan were restricted to come Pakistan for attending Urs ceremony.
They weren’t given visa to move in the country when they had applied for it.
He prayed for liberation of Occupied Kashmir from illegal rule of India. He said Kashmiris were passing through worst phase of their lives and facing brutal kind of human rights violation at hands of the occupied army.
He prayed for continuity of on-going peace process in Afghanistan as it was widely linked to stability of the entire region. Shah Mahmood hailed the devotees who came from far-flung places of the motherland amid harsh circumstances.
Thanks God that the ceremony which had been put into doubt following corona situation, was ended amicably, he said. Foreign Minister urged people to hold solidarity among their ranks. He said the nation was facing wide division both eternally and internally. He prayed for establishing peace and prosperity not only in the country, the entire Muslim world to get saved from conspiracies of enemies.
Earlier, Auqaf Minister Saeed-ul-Hassan speaking on the occasion urged the Urs participants to follow Sunnah of Holy Prophet (pbuh) to secure blessing of both of the world and hereafter. He said one should have to be connected with teaching of saints to gain blessing of Allah Almighty.
Famous religious scholar Mazhar Saeed Kazmi also spoke on the occasion while MPA Javed Akhtar Ansari, MNA Amir Dogar, Punjab Parliamentary Secretary Nadeem Qureshi among large number of notables came to attend the closing ceremony of Urs.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday warned people to beware of enemy sowing seeds of hatred to harm peace and tranquility in the country.
Addressing inaugural three-day 781st Urs ceremony of Hazrat Bahauddin Zakariya after giving traditional bath to the grave of the great saint, he said, the enemy forces were trying hard to breach the national cohesion through fake news to create divide on sectarian and ethnic lines and nurturing their anti-Pakistan agenda.
The enemy attacked us last year but fled away after reprisal, he said adding that now its tactics are changing.
They are now trying to create sectarian strife. The country was being pushed into a hybrid war, he said. He advised people to respect one another creed and faith and talk about each other with reverence. Foreign Minister said that Muslim countries were passing through immense difficulties currently and many nations who were prosperous were now trapped in problems. He said, it was our fundamental responsibility to save ourselves from flames of the fire being ignited by the enemy. Qureshi advised people to learn to forgive each other adding that ups and downs are part of life. He said the course of tranquility comes through difficulties and added that one must move to gain spiritual serenity.
He appealed the participants to carry forward his message as the world was being pushed into new form of battlefield. A psychological war was being imposed on us, he emphasized. He appealed Ulema to comprehend the conspiracies of the enemy and spread the message of peace and love among the people.
He was happy to see lovers of the saint pouring into the mausoleum to pay respect to the saint in great numbers disregarding difficulties.