Demolition of Madina Mosque
becomes controversial, serious,
protest in Karachi, Hyderabad

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KARACHI: Pakistan Supreme Court’s decision regarding the demolition of Madina Mosque in Karachi has become very controversial and thousands of activists of the Jamait-e-Ulema Islam-Fazl and local residents attended a protest on Friday to urge the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to demolish a mosque built on an amenity park’s land.

KARACHI: Residents of Tariq Road and supporters of JUI-F have occupied the building of Madina Mosque and opposing the decision of Supreme Court to demolish the building.

The situation may be volatile and provocative and can lead to serious controversy. A two-judge bench had recently directed the Karachi commissioner and other officials to remove in a week the Madina Mosque on Tariq Road constructed on a park and restore the land to its original purpose.

The JUI-F organised the protest outside the mosque after the Friday prayers. Addressing the protest’s participants, JUI-F’s senior leader and Senator Hamdullah said it is a religious and Islamic duty of every Muslim to defend this mosque and to refrain from demolishing it in the publicinterest.

“There is a double standard in enforcing court decisions and illegal lands are being given to private builders by regularisation,” he said. “If Bani Gala and Hayat Residency can be regularised, why not mosques?” Hamdullah asked.

JUI-F Sindh secretary general Allama Rashid Soomro said the participation of workers from all political parties and residents in a large number showed that the demolition of a mosque was not a problem of an individual or a single political party, but of the entire Muslim Ummah.

He said that in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, “we will not allow the mosque to be razed under any circumstances”. JUI-F district president Qari Muhammad Usman said the PECHS secretary had clearly stated in his NOC that permission had been granted to build a mosque at the Dilaksha Park for the needs of the residents.

KARACHI: Residents of Tariq Road and supporters of JUI-F demonstrating on Friday against the Supreme Court’s order to demolish the building of Madina Mosque.

“Also, audits have been conducted and all utility bills have been paid every year since then. Every year, an audit is conducted by a registered committee,” he said. Ali Aziz GG, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s MPA from the area, said the people would not allow the demolition of the mosque.

Jamaat-e-Islami Sindh chief Muhammad Hussain Mehanti said the Madina Masjid was not the Nasla Tower. He requested that the Supreme Court of Pakistan should review its order for the demolition of the mosque.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman and others

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Ameer of JUI-F, the main political party of Deobandi school of thought, has said that even if a mosque is built on the confiscated land, it cannot be demolished but its ransom can be paid.

But Javed Ahmad Ghamdi says such a stance may be an expression of religious sentiment, but it is not a sharia principle. According to him, the land of any country is included in the national property and any building can be removed for any unavoidable need like road etc. There are only Baitullah, Masjid-e-Nabawi and Bait-ul-Muqaddas in the world which cannot be relocated.

KARACHI: Residents of Tariq Road and supporters of JUI-F offering Friday prayer on road in front of Madina Mosque as a protest against the Supreme Court’s order to demolish the building of Madina Mosque.

Arif Hassan, an expert in construction and urban planning and a social researcher, says that many times the authorities are aware that a mosque is being built illegally on some land but they would still allow it. Are

Arif Hassan says that due to lack of regularization of lands, mosques are built where other illegal constructions take place. Therefore, illegal constructions, whether done by the citizens or by the government, cannot be eradicated at once.

According to Arif Hassan, in order to solve the problem of encroachments, first a list of all illegal constructions should be prepared, after which, under a five to ten year plan, such constructions which are becoming an obstacle in the interest of citizens should be phased out.

HYDERABAD: Workers and supporters of JUI-F demonstrating on Friday in Hyderabad against the Supreme Court’s order to demolish the building of Madina Mosque, Karachi.

He said that constructions which do not harm the public interest should be regularized.

The Supreme Court will re-hear the Madina Masjid case on January 13. At the last hearing, the apex court had said that it would not withdraw the order to demolish the mosque.