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 Updated: October 19, 2015

ECP changes LB elections during Arbaeen of Imam Hussain (as) on TNFJ demand

By: Salman Alvi


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The representative delegation of Patron-in-Chief of Supreme Shia Ulema Board Quaid Tehreek Nafaz Fiqh-e-Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi called on Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Sardar Raza Aslam and members of the Election Commission Monday. The delegation headed by Additional Secretary General Col. (Retd) Syed Sakhawat Hussain Kazmi comprised Allama Zahid Abbas Kazmi, Syed Bu Ali Mehdi, Haji Mukhtar Shah and Malik-e-Ashtar. The Election Commission accepting the point of view presented by Tehreek Nafaz Fiqh-e-Jafariya agreed to change the schedule of the third phase of local body elections in Sindh and Punjab.

The delegation apprised the Election Commission of their reservations making it clear that if the polling for third phase was arranged on December 3 then in case of Chehlum of Shuhada-e-Karbala lakhs of voters will be unable to cast their votes and there is a possibility of facing the security issues also. The Election Commission assured the delegation that the schedule for the third phase will be changed and a notification will be issued in this connection soon.

According to details, the TNFJ delegation made the Election Commission believe that the followers of the Imam Aali Muqaam (A.S.) are the biggest part of the Pakistan’s population and are immense devotees of Imam Hussain(A.S.) being he the Nawasa-e-Rasool (SAAW). Hussain (A.S.) belongs to Allah and Hussain (A.S.) belongs to all. For that reason All Sunni and Shia brethren participate in Majalis-e-Aza and Azadari processions and also make arrangements for Tubarukaat. But the delegation lamented that the ground realities were not considered while giving shape to the local body elections in Punjab and Sindh and the election dates were fixed for during the Ayyam Aza-e-Hussaini (between 1st Muharram to 8th Rabiul Awwal) that is tantamount to not giving any importance to the religious feelings of the devotees of Nawasa-e-Rasool Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S.).

Similarly, December 3, the day of Chehlum Imam Hussain (A.S.) was fixed for the third phase of the local body elections. As the importance of the Chehlum of Imam Hussain (A.S.) is not lesser than the Ashoora (10th of Muharram) and the worship for that day is also included in the basic beliefs of the Fiqh-e-Jafariya, therefore, no one belonging to the Fiqh-e-Jafariya can ignore it. Moreover, during these days i.e. the Ayyam-e-Aza a large number of people go to Karbala-e-Moallah for Ziaraat in millions. In these circumstances, the delegation called upon the Election Commission to shift the schedule of the local body elections to the dates after Eid Milad-un-Nabi (12th Rabiul Awwal) because the Ayyam Aza-e-Hussaini continue till 8th Rabiul Awwal.

The TNFJ delegation also made it clear on the Election Commission that the point of view of the Patron-in-Chief of Supreme Shia Ulema Board Quaid Tehreek Nafaz Fiqh-e-Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi since the decade of 80’s had been that “taking part in elections on the basis of Maslak, sect or language is poisonous for the country and the nation” but it is a matter of concern that despite the approval of the National Action Plan, people belonging to banned organisations succeeded in taking part in election in different cities including Gilgit-Baltistan, Karachi and Jhang which is a matter of concern viz. country’s peace and integrity. The delegation also demanded to remove the defects existed in the relevant laws and scrutiny so that no anti-human can take part in elections.



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