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‘You Called Jinnah Kafir-e-Azam’: Asif Lashes Out At Religious Groups Opposing Hindu Temple

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart Khawaja Asif has said that the constitution of Pakistan provides equal rights to all citizens irrespective of their caste, creed, and religion, as he criticised a group of lawmakers for opposing the construction of a temple in Islamabad.

Speaking in the National Assembly regarding the controversy surrounding the temple, the Sialkot lawmaker said the people who were against the temple belong to a group that had labelled Muhammad Ali Jinnah– the founder of Pakistan– as ‘kafir-e-Azam’.

No religion was superior to the other in the light of the constitution, he said, adding that as representatives of people, it was incumbent upon lawmakers to promote harmony and tolerance in the society.

The speech by Asif prompted an outrage, as extremist circles demanded the government to register a case against Asif for alleged ‘blasphemy’.

This prompted PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif to issue a statement, wherein he said that the remarks made by Asif were within the provisions of constitution and Islam.

Khawaja Asif also issued a clarification afterward. He said the people from the minority communities also voted for him and it was the responsibility of the majority to fight for the rights of the smaller communities.

 

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Meanwhile, #WeStandWtihKhawajaAsif became one of the top trends on Twitter later in the day.

A Twitter user said there was nothing wrong with the speech made by Asif.

Another said that in Pakistan religion is used as a tool to malign opponents.

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