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Milli Yakjehti Council (MYC) Deputy Secretary General and noted scholar Saqib Akbar has called on the government to accord due importance to the vital document ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’, regretting both the government and the media had ignored it so far.

Saqib, who also heads a research institute, Al-Basira, emphasised that the government should also give importance to the recommendations forwarded to it, by the Council of Islamic Ideology(CII) with regards to the ‘Paigham-e -Pakistan’ (narrative).

In a statement issued in Islamabad, he said that the council had also supported the ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ document, which carried signatures of leading over 1800 muftis and religious scholars, aimed at elimination of the menace of terrorism and Takfiri mindset, reflecting the fact how important the document was. He said that the MYC had already supported the edicts of ulama as well as the narrative included in this document, emphasizing that national consensus had also been manifested thereon.

He pointed out that during his visit to Pakistan, the grand mufti of Egypt, Dr Shawki Ibrahim Abdel Karim Allam had also extended support to the ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ document.

Saqib Akbar said that the CII recommendations were highly commendable and must be appreciated by all and sundry.

It is pertinent to mention here that the CII in its 112th session had presented to the government following recommendations:

1. ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ should be discussed in the National Assembly, the Senate as well as the four provincial assemblies and legislation should be done in the light of this national narrative.

2. The process of projection and promotion of ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ in seminaries and other educational institutions should be taken forward and the Higher Education Commission should play its role for making it a part of their syllabi.

3. The government should organise seminars in Islamabad and the four provincial capitals and also other major cities for introduction and publicity of the ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ document by inviting scholars, belonging to all schools of Muslim thought so that the pulpit and other forums could help public comprehend it.

4. The ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ should be made formal part of syllabi and scholars, professors and teachers should teach it to students in such a manner that they could understand its message in the light of Shariah and law.

5. The ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ be made part of a public dialogue and the media should be given direction to project it and be printed at large scale for circulation among masses.

6. Arrangements be made to publish a book by combining the ‘Paigham-e-Pakistan’ narrative, 22 points of ulama, unanimous fatwa issued by ulama in 2010 and Prof Khurshid Ahmad’s book titled ‘Parliament, Dastoor and Adlia’.