Issue should be over with Geo apology: Ulema -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Issue should be over with Geo apology: Ulema

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LAHORE: A blunder was committed in the Geo morning show which hurt the religious sentiments of the people. However, an immediate apology from the anchorperson and the Geo channel should have resolved the issue and the matter should have not been exploited, said respected Ulema here on Thursday.

Speaking in a Geo News programme, known religious scholar Mufti Muhammad Naeem said that even Allah Almighty forgives those who seek pardon after committing a mistake, and in such a situation people have no right to propagate it. Shariah does not allow decrying a person who has sought pardon from Allah over any mistake, Mufti Naeem said adding that if anybody continues propagating such things even after an apology, it means that he has some other agenda.

The Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said that if anybody seeks pardon after committing a sin, Allah forgives him. Another religious scholar Allama Razi Jafar, speaking to Geo, said that utmost care should have been taken while conducting the programme. However, he added, spreading an evil is in itself an evil, and other channels should also take care of it. He praised the anchorperson for seeking an apology and said other TV channels must avoid blowing the matter out of proportion as Quran says that spreading evil is in itself an evil.

Allama Tahir Ashrafi called for an action against the responsible persons.Allama Kaukab Noorani Okarvi described it as a serious mistake but praised the swift remedial action and an immediate apology. He said there was no justification for using the issue as a propaganda tool to malign the organisation.

Allama Nasir Abbas Taqvi said there was no point in issuing fatwas if Geo was ready to apologise on the matter. Urging the critics to avoid negativity, he said some forces wanted to use the incident to trigger a sectarian strife in the country.

Allama Shabbir Maismi called for moving forward after a formal apology by Geo and asked all TV channels to form a board comprising religious scholars so that the content hurting feelings of any school of thought could be avoided.

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