KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has ordered a complete lockdown between 12 pm and 3 pm on Friday

peaking after a meeting with a delegation of ulema led by Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, the chief minister again urged ulema to support the government in enforcing the lockdown.

Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, Chairman of the Ruet-i-Hilal Committee and the head of the board for madrassahs of Barelvi school of thought yesterday expressed the hope that a “unanimous formula” could be readied in Saturday’s meeting between President Arif Alvi and prominent religious scholars from across the country.

The president is due to meet prominent ulema and religious scholars from across Pakistan tomorrow to discuss opening mosques for worship and congregational prayers during Ramazan and finalize standard operating procedures (SOPs) for mosques.

Speaking after a meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah yesterday evening, Rehman said Shah and provincial ministers also expressed the hope that a unified decision could be made on Saturday which the ulema would agree on and the government would abide by.

“It will be better for our country, our state, our nation,” he said.

Speaking about Friday congregational prayers, the chief minister said that he would instruct the police that there should be no strictness inside mosques on Friday. However, all movement would remain suspended from 12 pm to 3 pm and only three to five people related to the mosque administration would be allowed to pray inside.

Shah also said that he had assured the prime minister that the provincial government would follow whatever SOPs the federal government decided.

Originally Posted on Abbtak TV

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