Islamabad is blowing the Jamia Hafsa issue out of proportion. Such kind of "mishandling" of the issue is bringing bad name to the country abroad. In its abortive bid to paint the country’s soft image and enlightened moderation, the government wants relocation of religious seminaries outside Islamabad under the flimsy pretexts of "encroachments" which can not be tolerated.
Addressing a dinner hosted in his honour by the traders of Faisalabad, on Friday night, Qazi Hussain Ahmad
said a movement for the supremacy of judiciary and restoration of constitution and democracy in the country has been kicked off. The fate of quarters, seeking entry into power corridors through a deal with army and American blessings, would meet masses’ abhorrence and disgrace. Naib Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Liaqat Baloch, Naib Ameer Punjab Chapter Azhar Iqbal Hasan and district ameer Rai Mohammad Akram Kharal and large number of notable traders were present on this occasion.
PPP leader Begum Abida Hussain
has alleged that President Gen Pervez Musharraf is backing the religious leadership of Lal Masjid, who had announced the setting up of a self-styled Shariat Court in the federal capital.
Talking to a group of newsmen, she said that the purpose of promoting the Lal Masjid leadership was to divert the attention of the people from the issue of the ongoing judicial crisis.
Begum Abida Hussain, who had previously served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Statesand also as a federal minister, said that there was an indication that Gen Pervez Musharraf planned to set up Shariat courts all over the country just to defuse the situation arising out of judicial crisis.