Sectarian hatred penetrated into society: Kaira

Sectarian hatred penetrated into society: Kaira | PakistanTribeISLAMABAD – Information Secretary PPP and former federal information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that Rawalpindi riots reflect that sectarian hatred has penetrated into the society.

In an interview with a private TV channel Kaira said that “Pakistani state unfortunately started jihad as a state policy in the name of religion and now this mindset has dominated the country.”

Kaira was of the view that it was a tough task to fight this mindset, which has not been given due attention by all parties, including PPP. He pointed out that top government officials were begging clerics for help to calm the situation, saying that law should take its own course.

To a question, he said that Pervez Musharraf committed the major crime on Oct 12, 1999, when he toppled Nawaz Sharif government and arrested his family.

Meanwhile PML-N leader Nawabzada Lashkari Raisani said that Musharraf should be put on trial for his Oct 12, 1999 steps, saying it would also send a positive passage in Balochistan. He further said that Parliament should also adopt a resolution, declaring Oct 12 coup as null and void.

Mufti Muneebur Rehman said that district magistrate system was effective to tackle mob violence. City district governments having public representatives would never act against mob.

He suggested that the government should tape hate speeches of all clerics irrespective of their sects and take a strong action. “Such incidents will keep happening unless we address root causes of this issue,” he said.

Justice (retd) Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui said that after 18th Amendment, it is provincial government’s responsibility to maintain law and order. Preventive measures should have been taken by the government, he said, adding that here is a need to make a very comprehensive strategy with the help of all clerics to stop sectarian violence from spreading.

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