Sindh plans to regulate Friday sermon

 

Dawn; KARACHI: In an attempt to “maintain sectarian harmony” among different schools of thought, the Sindh government is planning to table in the provincial assembly a bill which will allow only government-approved Friday sermons in all mosques, according to a key member of the provincial cabinet.

“The move is part of the government’s efforts for sectarian harmony,” said Abdul Qayyum Soomro, the Sindh chief minister’s adviser on religious affairs, while talking to Geo News on Monday.

He said the exercise was aimed at curbing hate speeches and remarks made during sermons which hurt the sentiments of followers of other sects. It may take a few more weeks to finalise the bill before introducing it in the assembly.

He said the government was close to finalising the process after consultation with all stakeholders, including senior clerics of all five boards representing seminaries of different schools of thought. They all agreed to the Sindh government’s move – the first such initiative in any part of the country, he added.

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