Pir Sialvi says he would not be a part of Qadri protest


Lahore, Dec. 31 (TNS): Pir Hameeduddin Sialvi said on Sunday that he would not be a part of Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) planned protest demonstrations against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government.

Speaking to reporters following an All Pakistan Ulema Mashaikh Conference in Taunsa Sharif, the spiritual leader said he did not have any political agenda and his struggle was only aimed at protecting the Khatm-e-Nabuwat (the finality of the Prophethood).

Sialvi, the sajjadah nasheen at Astana-e-Aalia Sial Sharif, said neither Qadri had asked him to join any protests nor will he attend any such demonstration.

He also denied issuing any deadline to the Punjab government to sack provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah. “We haven’t given the deadline, instead they [Punjab government] asked for respite.”

“Our demand is Rana Sanaullah’s resignation and protection of Khatm-e-Nabuwat… we don’t belong to any political party,” he remarked.

Despite his denial, Sialvi had given the Punjab government till December 31 to sack the law minister at a Khatm-e-Nabuwat conference in Gujranwala last week.

Sialvi announced a ‘decisive’ convention on January 9 in Sial Sharif, which he added will decide about launching protests in Lahore.

Earlier this month, after three successive deadlines to the Punjab government to clarify its stance over Sanaullah’s comments about Ahmadis, the Astana-e-Aalia announced that it would not support the PML-N in the elections due next year and its followers would resign from the government.