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Sindh Government Bans 143 Ulema and Zakireen Ahead of Muharram

KARACHI: In preparation for the upcoming Islamic month of Muharram, set to commence on July 8, the Sindh government has imposed a ban on 143 ulema and zakireen across 13 districts for a period of 60 days.

This decision, enacted by the Sindh Home Department based on recommendations from the inspector general of police, restricts these religious scholars from traveling or delivering speeches during the designated period.

The ban aims to maintain law and order during Muharram, a sacred month marking significant events in Islamic history, including the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his family. During Muharram, faithful Muslims participate in processions and attend majalis (gatherings) where religious scholars address large crowds under strict security measures enforced by thousands of law enforcement personnel nationwide.

In addition to these security measures, the provincial governments, including Punjab, have sought the temporary suspension of six social media applications from Muharram 6 to 11. This measure is intended to prevent the spread of hate speech and misinformation that could potentially incite sectarian violence.

While Punjab has taken steps to suspend social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram during this period, the federal government has not yet decided on implementing similar restrictions on internet services, clarified a Ministry of Interior spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee is scheduled to convene in Quetta today to sight the crescent moon marking the beginning of Muharram (1446 Hijri). Committee Chairman Moulana Abdul Khabir Azad will preside over the meeting, alongside zonal and district committees meeting at their respective headquarters simultaneously.

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