RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: The Patron-in-Chief of Supreme Shia Ulema Board and chief of Tehreek Nafaz Fiqh-e-Jafariya, Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi has announced the 14-point Code of Azadari, here Wednesday. Answering questions from newsmen at a Press conference he addressed, here at the headquarters of the Maktab-e-Tasheyyo, he said Azadari(mourning) Imam Hussain (A.S.) is the protector of religion and Shariat, monitors human dignity, is dearest to us from everything else in the universe, is our jugular vein and is the source of survival. All evil forces should know that no interference will be accepted in Azadari Mazloom-e-Karbala.
Answering another question, the TNFJ chief made it clear that Ashoor incident in Rawalpindi was a big conspiracy aimed at promoting anarchy in the country which has now been unearthed. He demanded that innocent persons involved in cases thereof should be set free and real culprits should be dealt an iron hand.
He called upon the Federal and Balochistan governments to form an authoritative committee for solution of problems of Zaireen stuck up at Quetta-Taftan border which should lay down a schedule for Zaireen’s traffic on this route while train traffic on Zahidan route should also be restored. He demanded that security of all sensitive places including Rawalpindi may be handed over to the Army and Rangers while emergent OIC summit should be summoned to discuss the atrocities being committed against Rohingya Muslims in Burma.
Agha Moosavi said that noose should be tightened around the banned organisations and calling any recognized Makatab as non-Muslim may be declared a cognizable offence, Muharram Control Rooms should be set up in the Interior Ministry and provinces and they should be linked with the TNFJ Muharram Committee Azadari Cell. He said government may create facilities for participants of Majalis and Azadari processions, patrolling by Elite Force and Rangers may be ensured for Muharram security, Ulema and Zakireen may give priority to national security, brotherhood and mutual understanding.
The TNFJ chief said crushing the banned group is necessary for the ultimate success of Operation Raddul Fasaad. He said Azadari is the most effective and peaceful protest of the oppressed. He said all Shia and Sunni brethren will observe the mourning of Nawasa-e-Rasool (A.S.) jointly. He reminded the government that she is bound to provide protection to Eid Milad-un-Nabi and Azadari procession under the May 21, 1985 Junejo-Moosavi agreement. He said Azadari is the name of positivity and they would never encourage negative activities.
Answering another question, he made it clear that there is no restriction of Tehreek Nafaz Fiqh-e-Jafariya, therefore, names of our workers should be withdrawn from the Schedule 4. Replying another question, he said in 16 August meeting our representative delegation with Federal Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Federal Religious Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousaf stressed was given on setting up Control Rooms for the oncoming Muharram and forming a Coordination Committee for solution of issues with mutual consultation. He said the TNFJ had sent the names of its representatives for this committee but we have not yet received any names of government representatives nor any notification has been issued for setting of Muharram Control Rooms. Moreover, he added, persons included in the Ulema Board formed in Punjab are not the representatives of Makatab and their decisions are being imposed on Azadaran and Zakireen which a source of unrest and should be settled.
Meanwhile, the Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya announced the following Code of Azadari at his Press conference: (1) Pakistan’s Armed Forces are confronting the internal and external enemies. Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has announced that now it is world’s turn to ‘do more’ therefore all national institutions should come on the same page by gathering behind the Pakistan’s Armed Forces; (2) Terrorist groups declared banned officially may be dealt with an iron hand and restriction may be imposed on them against openly working with new names and on their foreign funding; (3) Calling any recognized Makatab as non-Muslim may be declared a cognizable offence; (4) Government may create facilities for participants of Majalis and Azadari processions, Azadaran may not be harassed, special monitoring of buildings around and vacated places may be made. Video film of Azadari programmes be made, CCTV cameras and walk-through gates may be installed at the entry and exit points of Majalis and Matmi processions and patrolling by police mobile squads and Elite Forces may be ensures for safety of the same. Cooperation of Ibrahim Scouts and Volunteer Mukhtar Force may be sought along with police and Rangers in security matters. (5) The care-takers of Imambargahs, Aza Khanas, organisers of Majalis and Matmi processions may also make security arrangements themselves; (6) Ulema and Zakireen may give priority to national integrity and brotherhood, avoid provocation and preach the sacrifices of the Shuhada-e-Karbala in a positive manner; (7) The sacrifices of the Shuhada-e-Karbala may be highlighted in an effective manner and musical and comedy programmes and dramas may be suspended during the Ashra-e-Muharram. Newspapers may publish special editions on the seerat and invaluable performance of heroes of Karbala incident so that the spirit of sacrifice can be kept alive; (8) Political parties may keep the political activities suspended during the Ashra-e-Muharram; (9) Women may follow the seerat of Mukhaderat-e-Ismat and Taharat and men may follow the seerat of Shuhada-e-Karbala, Ahle Bait Athaar, and Sahaba Kubaar; (10) Timings and discipline may be may be ensured in holding all Majalis-e-Aza; (11) Honour and respect of all Maslak including minorities may be taken care of; (12) Provision of electricity and gas may be ensured during Majalis and Matmi processions and arrangements for cleanliness and lights may be made; (13) Ulema and Zakireen may be bound to Code of Azadari instead of imposing ban on them or on their speech and names of peaceful persons may be dropped from the Schedule 4, and schedule for examinations may not be given during the Ashra-e-Muharram; and (14) Government may direct the Muharram Control Rooms set up at official level to coordinate with the Central Control Room of the Tehreek Nafaz Fiqh-e-Jafariya till 8th Rabiul Awwal as per previous practice because Muharram is not limited to only ten days rather Azadari programmes continue for 2 months and 8 days. We, under the Quranic commandment of تعاونو اعلی البر و التقویٰ are ever ready for practical cooperation in the larger interest of the nation and the country.
The Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya, Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi said that it may be kept in mind that we confronted dictators and tyrant rulers in different eras, we were put in jails, were put alive in wall being constructed, minarets were made from our blood and heads, our bodies were trampled, were blasted with explosives but the echoes of ‘Labbaik Ya Hussain’ continued coming from every drop of our blood and from every particle of the body. We cannot be bowed down or bought over, we will never bargain on our beliefs and motherland and nor will allow anyone else to do so.
In the end, Agha Moosavi specially prayed for the country, nation, Islamic World and the oppressed.