Mufti Rafi Usmani asks madressah students to stay away from rallies

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ISLAMABAD: Mufti-e-Azam Pakistan Rafi Usmani on Thursday asked seminary students to stay away from rallies and processions.

Speaking to SAMAA TV, he said that the students who were studying in religious seminaries should not take part in politics nor attend political rallies and processions.

He said that when students take part in rallies and processions, it obstructs their education.

“Parents of these students entrusted us with their responsibility,” he said. “It is our job to ensure that they are not harmed in any way and focus only on their studies.”

The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) has announced a long march which would focus on seeking Prime Minister Khan’s resignation. It is considered that Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the JUI-F chief, holds sway over students in religious seminaries and will use that influence to ensure a large number of madressah students take part in the protest.

Prime Minister Khan said in a meeting with journalists and political analysts that he would not resign. The Rahbar Committee and the government will hold talks today (Friday) to discuss the terms of the JUI-F and other parties taking part in the march.

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have assured Fazl that their parties would take part in the long march.

It is not sure whether the JUI-F will hold a sit-in protest till the prime minister doesn’t resign or whether the party will just hold a public gathering and then end the protest.

News reports from a couple of days ago claimed that Fazl met General Bajwa. The army chief, according to the report, told the JUI-F chief not to destabilise