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President Alvi discusses situation arising from Covid-19 with Pakistani religious scholars

President Dr. Arif Alvi on Thursday in a video conference with Governors and ulema from various schools of thought discussed the situation arising from Covid-19.

During the consultative session, the President discussed with ulema the situation arising out of the Covid-19 Pandemic and sought their cooperation to create awareness among the masses about the disease.

He urged the ulema to advise and educate the people to stay indoors and offer their prayers in their homes, which would help in containing the spread of disease.  The President highlighted the preventive measures which needed to be taken by the people to stop spreading the disease.

He emphasized that the only solution to the present crisis was to maintain social distancing and act upon the guidelines provided by Islam to cope with such a situation.

The President appreciated the unity among ulema, particularly the unanimous declaration issued by them yesterday in Karachi which calls for the adoption of preventive measures against Covid-19.

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The Ulema assured their complete support and said that they would comply with the instructions given by the Government. They said they had already taken a number of steps like cancelation of religious congregations, postponement of convocations and examinations, besides declaring holidays for over 3 million Madrassah students.

They advised the people to resort to Almighty Allah to rescue us from this crisis. The ulema appreciated the steps initiated by the Government against the Pandemic. They also commended the relief measures taken by the Government for the welfare of the needy. The ulema paid homage to the doctors and nurses who are on the frontline against this Pandemic.

The President expressed his gratitude to the Ulema for supporting the policies of the Government against the Coronavirus.

President AJK, Sardar Masood Khan, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Pir Noor ul Haq Qadri, provincial governors, including Governor Gilgit Baltistan, Chairman, Council of Islamic Ideology, Qibla Ayaz and ulema from various schools of thought were also present on the occasion.

Saman Siddiqui

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