Shia Ulma Council rejects govt Ziarat Policy as unfair and discriminatory like other Shia Islamic parties did.
Earlier, Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen announced his objection to the unfair and discriminatory Pilgrimage Policy which a private TV channel had reported.
Shia Ulma Council rejects govt Ziarat Policy
The SUC leader Allama Syed Sibtain Sabzwari and Allama Moosa Raza Jaskani said that Shia Muslims had demanded facilities but government-imposed restrictions.
While addressing Jamey Masjid Zahra at Jamiatul Najaf Daska (Punjab), Allama Sibtain said they would begin protest campaign if government doesn’t withdraw this policy.
Shia Ulma Council (SUC) leader reminded the government needs to facilitate pilgrims from the country for pilgrimage to sacred shrines in Iran, Iraq and Syria.
Meanwhile, Allama Moosa Raza Jaskani also commented on the Ziarat Policy. He also opposed the government’s policy.
Why Shia opposes govt policy
Earlier, Shiite News reported that the government announces anti Shia Zaireen policy on Saudi dictation which Shia Muslims of Pakistan turned down as discriminatory.
The entire nation witness Pakistan government’s toeing Saudi line despite Saudi monarchy’s awarding the highest King Abdul Aziz Saudi national award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Pakistan government has announced highly unfair Ziarat (Pilgrimage) policy for pilgrimage of sacred shrines in Iran, Iraq and Syria.
Factually speaking, any Pakistani can go to any country without any additional restriction or requirement. A Pakistani need a legally valid visa on his passport to leave Pakistan for abroad, at will while government of Pakistan has no discriminatory restriction on any Pakistani.
But the government now requires Pakistani citizens to meet their additional requirements to go to pilgrimage of sacred shrines in Iran, Iraq or Syria.
As per requirements, a single Pakistani cannot go to pilgrimage to these countries.
The government will authorize some tour operators to form Zaireen groups for pilgrimage. That means nobody else can do so and this condition also remains specific to aforesaid pilgrimage.
Government has put a condition for each of aforesaid pilgrims to have an additional amount of $ 500 during such pilgrimage tour. Financially poor people save their money for such pilgrimage and they travel by road. And their total pilgrimage cost of Iran or Iraq amounts $ 500.
Majority of Zaireen comprises of such financially poor people but government policy, it seems, aims to discourage these pilgrims from pilgrimage.
Government also banned pilgrimage of disabled people although relatives take such disabled people to pilgrimage for spiritual healing.
These are some examples of selective, unfair and discriminatory restrictions or requirements which has triggered instant reaction from Shia pilgrims.