A statement issued by Hefazat-e-Islam said the party’s ameer Alamma Shah Ahmed Shafi has withdrawn Sunday’s shutdown. The statement said a certain group carried out the despicable act of burning Quran and is now trying to shift the blame on Hefazat. They don’t realize that people will never believe that the party which is continuously demonstrating in order to protect the dignity of the Almighty, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and holy Quran is capable of committing such abhorrent crimes. Hefazat-e-Islam strongly condemned this smear campaign and urged the authorities to identify the perpetrators of this dreadful crime and bring them to justice.
In the statement Alamma Shah Ahmed Shafi urged all mosques to hold special prayers after Friday’s Jumma prayers for the activists who died during the protests.
The statement also asked the authorities to stop the harassment and intimidation of madrasa teachers, students and Islamic scholars and preachers.
The statement said the party has been executing peaceful protests from the beginning since it is a non-political organization. The long march and the rally in the capital on April 6 were conducted peacefully. Hefazat-e-Islam and its activists and followers are not in any way responsible for the violent incidents of Quran burning, vandalism, arson and tree felling that took place in the capital on May 5.