Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed the police department to withdraw all the FIRs registered against Imams of mosques and others for violating code of conduct made for Friday prayers.
“We, in consultation with leading doctors and Ulemas of different schools of thought, had decided that due to the threat of coronavirus, the Friday prayer will be held only with the Imam of the mosque, the Moazen, Khadim and two others but unfortunately some people violated this code of conduct, as a result, the law took its own course.”
Shah said that since the Ulemas have raised the issue of registration of cases against them, therefore right now “I am directing the Inspector General of Police to withdraw FIRs registered against Imams and other people all over Sindh with the request [to Ulemas] to keep their Juma congregations limited to five people as has been agreed earlier.”
This he said while presiding over a meeting of religious scholars of different schools of thought here at CM House on Monday. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers Syed Nasir Shah, Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, IGP Sind Mushtaq Maher, ACS Home Usman Chachar, Mufti Taqi Usmani, Mufti Imran Usmani, Mufti Zubair Usmani, Maulana Imdadullah, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, Mufti Rehman Amjd, Mufti Abid Mubarak, Mufti Rafi-ur-Rehman, Allama Shahensha Hussain Rizvi, Mufti Yousif Kashmiri, Maulana Abdul Waheed and Mufti Abdur Rehman.
Chief Minister told them that on February 26 the first case of coronavirus was detected in Sindh and today there are 508 cases, including 171 cases of local transmission. “This is why I am requesting each and every one to maintain social distancing and avoid gatherings and congregations.”
The chief minister said that the decision to limit `jamaat’ was taken after thorough discussion, debate and consideration with all the stakeholders. “The objective is to save our people from this disease and with the cooperation and support of Ulemas this has become possible,” he said.
The chief minister once again urged Ulemas to keep announcing from the mosque that the jamaat would be limited therefore urge the people to offer prayers at their homes.
Shah said that had he not imposed lockdown and taken extra ordinary steps, the virus would have caused heavy loss in the province. “Yes, it has not been eliminated but we have slowed down its spread and have contained it,” he said.
The chief minister told the Ulemas that the FIRS registered against them were being withdrawn and the sureties would be returned to the people who have already obtained bails from different courts. (PR)