Raiwind’s tablighi jamaat seeks repatriation

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – April 8, 2020
ISLAMABAD: A representative of a tablighi jamaat (Islamic missionary movement) from Raiwind, in a tele-video meeting with national assembly (NA) speaker Asad Qaiser, disclosed that at least 1,500 foreigners, from different countries, are currently in Pakistan on tabligh mission, who need to be back to their countries, adding that at least 500 Pakistanis, on tabligh missions, aboard are stranded in different countries.

According to an official statement, on Tuesday, NA speaker Qaiser said that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was a global issue and could be fought through joint efforts along-with national unity and aded that attributing spread of coronavirus to a particular religious sect or group of people was not acceptable.

NA speaker Qaiser said that tablighi jamaat had immense contributions for spreading Islam in the world. He said that jamaat had always portrayed the real image of Islam which underlines peace, harmony and interfaith tolerance.

He said that multiple factors led to the spread of coronavirus globally and it should not be associated with any religious sect or group.

He said that government was cognisant of the concerns of people associated with tablighi jamaat, thus important ministers and senior representatives from their ministries had been called to listen and address problems and concerns of the jamaat.

The representative of tablighi jamaat thanked NA speaker Qaiser for his initiative and informed that government functionaries had been very cooperative during this coronavirus problem.

He added that arrangements may be made to transport more than 1,500 foreigners from different countries currently in Pakistan on tabligh mission back to their countries.

The representative also suggested for allowing local people tested negative to leave for their native areas.

He informed that 500 Pakistanis on tabligh missions aboard were stranded in different countries and arrangements may be made to bring them back to Pakistan.

The representative assured this jamaat’s all-out support for jointly tackling the pandemic.

He suggested for allowing Afghan nationals on tabligh mission to leave through land routes back to their country.

The interior minister Ijaz Ahmed Shah assured that the government of Pakistan (GoP) will make all necessary arrangements for safe transportation of all the foreigners and stranded Pakistanis once relevant data is made available.

He added that GoP was cognisant of the coronavirus pandemic and was making all-out efforts to keep its citizens safe.

NA speaker Qaiser appreciated the assurance by interior minister Shah and constituted a committee under the convener-ship of minister of state (MoS) for states and frontier regions (SAFRON) Shehryar Khan Afridi with representatives of health ministries, interior, foreign affairs and aviation division to collect data of all foreigners in Pakistan, stranded Pakistanis abroad and suggest measures to transport them back home.

He directed NA secretariat to notify the committee so that it could start its functions as soon as possible and directed for associating representatives of four provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) with the committee in that regard.

The interior minister Shah, religious affairs minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri and MoS SAFRON Afridi were present during the meeting, while representatives of health ministries, interior, foreign affairs and aviation division were also present.