A sort of brawl broke out during a meeting of the Council for Islamic Ideology (CII) on Tuesday when chairman Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani and Maulana Tahir Ashrafi opposed each other.
As stated the media reports, participants of the meeting were indulged into discussion for the status of Ahmadis under the Constitution when Ashrafi and Sherani argued on some points and this lead to a personal and violent scuffle.
As it started, Ashrafi rushed over Sherani and clinched his collar when the latter called him ‘an alcoholic.’ The situation, however, was diffused later on when the participants of the meeting intervened.
Following the incident and as the meeting was over, Maulana Ashrafi raised questioned in front of media, saying: “The matter pertaining to Ahmadis is already present in the Constitution so why is he touching on this topic again?”
“I thought the discussion was over but then he came up to me and grabbed me by the collar,” said Ashrafi. Justifying his stance, the chairman maintained: “Regardless of any person being a non-Muslim, it is clearly stated in the Constitution and in Islam that violence against such persons will not be tolerated.”
“Maulana Sherani has many questions to answer. He needs to explain why it is okay for him to grab someone by the collar as we observed today,” added Ashrafi.
Meanwhile, Ahamdis issue that is whether they are considered Muslims or not, has been there for many years and the minority has been facing persecution for quite a while. On the other hand, the CII is a constitutional body that counsels the legislature if a certain law is against the teaching of Islam or not. As upheld Maulana Ashrafi, the issue of Ahmadis was not to be discussed in that meeting; however, it was Maulana Sherani who lit the fire.