JUI-F leader’s challenge to Supreme Court over mosque demolition sparks anger

Rashid Soomro says positions of chief justice and CM Sindh won’t remain if any mosque demolished

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Sindh Secretary General Rashid Mahmood Soomro issued a challenged to the Supreme Court Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to execute the apex court’s orders to demolish illegally constructed mosques in Karachi.

In a video shared in social media by journalist Mubashir Zaidi, Soomro can be seen threatening the chief justice and CM Sindh. He said that their positions would no longer remain if any mosque in the city was demolished.

Many on social media were concerned that such a threat may amount to contempt of court. Journalist Ali Raza called upon the chief justice to take suo moto action against the JUI-F Sindh secretary general.

Meanwhile, culture secretary at the Awami National Party Khadim Hussain tweeted that it remained to be seen if the state takes any action against such an open threat.

International journalist Suhaib Zuberi brough attention to the fact that the threats made by Soomro amounted to contempt of court. He asked whether the JUI-F Sindh secretary general would run scot free because of his status.

Advocate and human rights activist Anwar Ali Khan pointed out that a mosque built illegally goes against the teachings of Islam.

Moreover, another journalist called for the JUI-F Sindh secretary general to be arrested. He said that Soomro’s detention would set an example.

Another activist Zobia Khurshid Raja brought attention to the fact that Soomro had challenged the Supreme Court’s decision to demolish mosques.

On Tuesday, the apex court had ordered the authorities concerned to demolish a mosque, a shrine and a cemetery built on amenity parks’ land near Tariq Road, Karachi.