Pakistan: Clerics issue fatwa against coming down from hilltopsClerics issue fatwa against coming down from hilltops
Clerics in Allai area of Battagram have reportedly issued a fatwa forbidding people from descending the hilltop and a federal minister on Tuesday warned that 50,000 people or more in the Allai area could die if they do not come down. The people of Allai have so far not descended from the hilltop and their reluctance largely stems from a reported fatwa by some local clerics that it was un-Islamic to flee from a disaster zone. Another reason for people refusing to come down to live in the tent villages in the valley was the fear of local politicians that they might lose potential voters if the people decided to quit the area for good. “The lives of 40,000 to 50,000 people are at stake. They will freeze to death if they continue to stay on the hilltop,” said Engineer Amir Muqqam, the state minister for water and power, while talking to Daily Times after visiting the earthquake areas to review the ongoing relief operations in Balakot. “What makes me worry most is that the Allai people are still reluctant to come down,” he said. “They cannot live through the harsh cold weather in the donated tents,” the minister said. “There is a lot of negative propaganda in the area,” Muqqam said.
25 men arrested for flying kites
The city police arrested 25 men including a general councillor of Icchra area and registered cases in the various parts of Lahore for violating the Supreme Court’s orders against kite flying on Tuesday. According to a police spokesman, Icchra police arrested Waheed, Sheroze, Tariq Masih and Muhammad Asghar for flying kites. General councillor Jehangir and accomplice Rasheed resisted on which the officials arrested them and registered cases against them. Tibbi police arrested Allah Ditta, Rahim, Zia, Tahir and Khalid while Lower Mall police arrested Ali Imran, Yousaf, Tariq and Nasir for flying kites.