Judge stress unflinching believe in Islam
Arif Mehmood Sheikh
SIALKOT: Sialkot has topped the list of superstitious districts as compared to the remaining others lining Punjab following its penchant to believe in the power of fortune tellers, who in turn taking advantage of the local’s gullibility continue soaking them.
In his speech at a seminar on Rising Atrocities of Fortune-tellers and Palm-readers, held at the Police Line under the auspices of Sialkot Police Saturday, Sialkot District and Sessions Court Judge Suhaib Ahmad Roomi termed the practice as evil and in negation of one’s religious beliefs. Attended by Sialkot DCO Capt (R) Atta Muhammad Khan, Sialkot DPO Capt (R) Muhammad Ameen, SP (Investigation) Sialkot Rao Muneer Zia, President Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Dr Khurram Anwar Khawaja, Chairman Sialkot CPLC Mirza Nasir Baig, religious scholars, journalists and others, the judge urged the public to stick to the teachings of the Holy Prophet and follow truly the Sunnah to help find out answers to their social, economical, and spiritual problems instead of relying on the ‘ones who promise falsity.’
“This belief has often resulted in several social and immoral problems,” he added, continuing that Islam is a complete religion and the Uswa-e-Hussna a complete code of life. “These so-called fortune-tellers mislead the innocent, who pay them heavily to hear what they want to hear.
Condemning the acts, Sialkot DCO Atta Muhammad Khan warned all fortune-tellers to mend their ways or else be prepared for a strict legal action otherwise, a statement seconded by DPO Muhammad Ameen who assured the support of Sialkot Police to rid the district from the menace of such people.
Rs 100mln released to help over 36,193 poor: Pakistan Baitul Maal has released a special grant of Rs 100 million to the Sialkot district government.
Sialkot DCO Capt (R) Atta Muhammad Khan told reporters Saturday that the grant would soon be distributed among more than 36,193 deserving people under ‘our’ Food Support Programme, as per a Rs 3000 each ratio. He said the office of Pakistan Baitul Maal would soon be shifted to a suitable place to ease the public.
Electoral symbols allotted in PP-121: Returning Officer Sialkot Subah Sadiq Khan has allotted election symbols to all candidates contesting the by-elections in PP-121, scheduled to be held on July 5, 2008.
As per pertinent details, PML-N candidate Rana Muhammad Iqbal Harnah has been awarded the election symbol of a Tiger, PML-Q Muhammad Ajmal Cheema Bicycle, independent candidates Ch Khush Akhtar Subhani Huqqa, journalist Mudassar Rana Radio, Ch Muhammad Sagheer Tonga, Sabir Sultan Goat and Irfan Ullah Warraich Advocate has been allotted the symbol of an Elephant.
Source: The Post, 15th June, 2008