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President, Ulema consultative moot; masses urged for COVID-19 vaccination

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Country’s Ulema and Mashaikh on Wednesday expressing their satisfaction over the composition of the COVID-19 vaccine registered in Pakistan endorsed the view of health experts, who were stressing for vaccination to check the pandemic.

“Protection of lives and health of masses is one of the objectives of religion and Shariah. Since corona is an epidemic, making arrangements to control and treat it is not only a demand of Shariah but an order,” according to a joint statement issued after an important consultative meeting of esteemed Ulema and Mashaikh from across the country with President Dr. Arif Alvi at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad.

The Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Chairman of the Islamic Ideology Council (IIC) Dr. Qibla Ayaz were present in the meeting which was also attended through video-link by Governors of Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan as well as Ulema from the four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

Later, President Dr. Arif Alvi while addressing the Ulema and Mashaikh in his televised remarks shared the contents of the joint statement and said encouraging the masses for using the Coronavirus vaccination was the duty of Ulema and Mashaikh.

President Arif Alvi said that vaccination of masses in highest numbers would help check the Coronavirus effectively.

The president said that the vaccination of people will also help the country to move forward with socio-economic activities especially the work of laborers in industries and factories in a better way.

According to the joint statement, he said, that in order to encourage the people for vaccination, Ulema and Mashaikh would effectively raise their voice from Mosques, Imambargahs, Khanqahs and Madaris.

The president said that on the coming Jumaul Mubarik (June 4), Ulema in their sermons will specially urge the people to get them vaccinated. Ulema would continue to make such announcements in their sermons, he added.

Besides, he said, the Ulema and Mashaikh also have important role in creating awareness about inheritance laws as per religion as well as the importance of mother-feeding which could help check the issue of stunting growth.

President Arif Alvi thanked the Ulema and Mashaikh for continued cooperation in the matters of national and religious importance.

The president said that after the blessings of Allah Almighty, it was the cooperation of Ulema, media, policies of the government and the guidelines of the National Command and Control Center (NCOC) due to which the situation of coronavirus in Pakistan was much better when compared with other countries of the world.

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