Where the land of Pakistan is blessed with some of the most respected teachers of Islam like Allama Kaukab Noorani and Maulana Tariq Jameel; unfortunately, many are nothing but a mere blotch on the name of Teacher or Islam. Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi’s name comes under one of those highly controversial Islamic Scholars and political persons which Pakistan truly regrets having. But recently a move made by our beloved PM made me seriously concerned regarding his consultees.
Tahir Ashrafi Appointed As a Special Assistant To Prime Minister
Yesterday, a notification has been issued by the PM secretariat which said “the Prime Minister has been pleased to appoint Maulana Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi as Special Representative of the Prime Minister on Religious Harmony, with immediate effect”. Moreover, the notification read that the appointment of Maulana Tahir Ashrafi shall be in an honorary capacity.
In short, Tahir Ashrafi, who is already holding the position of Chairman of Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) and the Muttahida Ulema Board, this will be his third official portfolio. NICEE
I respect Imran Khan’s decision but want to ask that what on this earth made him think that Ashrafi should serve as SAPM? And that too on Religious Harmony? I mean out of several other respected Ulema, PM found this guy whose past and performance is ‘certified shady’. Why?
Despite being an extremist Wahhabi, Ashrafi is also involved in several other wrong activities. Many times, the respected cleric has been found drunk as a skunk. Not only behind the closed doors, but this man also showed extreme audacity and attend a live interview while being soaked. The story of this adventure flicks was also covered by BBC News who pronounced it as a ‘Drunk Mullah’.
Not only that but last year the big guy also got ‘booked’ over money laundering charges by FIA. According to the FIR, a whopping amount of Rs 24 million has been transferred to Ashrafi’s account from Germany.
Moreover, Ashrafi was also alleged to promoting sectarianism and interfaith hate due to his extreme and ultraconservative approach, so appointing him as a representative on religious harmony is indigestible.
This man would now serve as a SAPM in Pakistan, which according to PM is on its way to becoming a Riyasat e Madina. I wonder if actual Riyasat e Madina ever appointed drunkards and corrupt people as Government servants.
The News of Ashrafi’s Appointment Enraged Netizens
When this news hit the Social media, the reaction of netizens was no different than mine. They were not expecting something so obnoxious from PM IK.
Honestly speaking, this decision was solely disappointing for the people of Pakistan. Not only that, but this is also an insult to all those righteous religious scholars. Dependable and true heart ulema who serve people of Pakistan staunchly. Would it be fair to have someone like Ashrafi to represent them? No, this is unfair. PM should reconsider his decision and that too without consulting the dumb-heads roaming around him.